Regent Square’s newest coffee shop is set to open just in time for warm weather, and is all about fresh air and open spaces. Biddle's Escape, which will open in the coming weeks, features elevated sidewalk seating, over 25 windows, and a wall that opens completely to the avenue via a large, garage-style door.
The shop will serve a full list of coffee drinks, as well as Italian sodas, smoothies, and juice. Baked goods and breakfast foods will be provided by Sweet Tammy’s bakery, and other local vendors.
Common Place Coffee will roast the shop’s beans, but owner Joe Davis plans to purchase coffee directly from farmers himself. Davis is well acquainted with direct and fair trade practices, as he had previously owned and curated an artisan bead shop in Oakland for the past 20 years.
An avid traveler since the age of 14, Davis has visited 86 different countries. For many years he has purchased art and beads directly from artists, and artifacts from his travels will be for sale and on display throughout the shop, as well as a complete bead shop.
Located on a leafy, residential street, the coffee shop is just a few blocks from Braddock Avenue and Frick Park.
Although a bit removed from Wilkinsburg’s Penn Avenue, Wilkinsburg CDC Executive Director Tracey Evans says the shop’s opening is a good thing for the borough, and the only coffee shop of its kind in Wilkinsburg.
Evans says a neighborhood gathering spot like Biddle's Escape helps to further the cause of redeveloping Wilkinsburg.
Biddle’s Escape, 401 Biddle Avenue, Regent Square (Wilkinsburg), 15221.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Joe Davis; Tracey Evans