It sits quietly and unassumingly. You’ve likely walked right past without stepping inside because it seamlessly blends with its surroundings.
Once Over Coffee Bar is a well-kept secret that proudly claims the “Tiniest Dog Park In Texas,” along with stellar coffee and beer. And it happens to be owned by a likable, down-to-earth couple who live within walking distance of their patch of caffeinated utopia.
True Mom & Pop
When Jenée and Rob Ovitt opened Once Over Coffee Bar in 2009, their goal was to create a refuge for individuals and families–including themselves. The couple envisioned a place where anyone could settle in with a cup of coffee or pint of beer, in an environment that’s both nourishing and relaxing. In this coffee shop, all are welcome, including children. You may even see the Ovitts’ three year old daughter when you visit.
Tiniest Dog Park In Texas
While dogs aren’t allowed within the cafe, the owners have installed a little hitching post to tie up your furry friend while you step inside to place your order. There is a postage stamp-sized patch of grass with a nearby sign that reads, “Tiniest Dog Park In Texas.” A sprinkling of bistro tables dot the front of the building, so you and your pooch can while away hours in shaded comfort.
Loyal and Interesting Staff
Another thing not to take for granted is the staff, many of whom have been tending the bar since its opening. The scuffed concrete floors, remnants from the location’s previous life as a motorcycle shop, is a reminder that every soul and structure has a story.
One of the cafe’s baristas was on holiday in Greece the day I meet the Ovitts. The owners support the fact that their employees have multiple interests. Interesting people make for interesting places. Rob shared, “There’s no hierarchy here.” And given the contentment I’ve experienced on multiple visits, I believe him. The atmosphere is enhanced by the fresh scent of coffee looming overhead, original and hauntingly good!
Wild Gift Coffee
A year ago, in order to enhance their customers’ coffee experience, the Ovitts began roasting their own coffee beans. They partnered with a man respected in the community as one of Austin’s top roasters, Clancy Rose, former head roaster of Cuvee Coffee. The trio are now the proud founders of Wild Gift Coffee, which provides a distinctively rich aroma that greets your nose upon entering Once Over Coffee Bar.
While Once Over does offer tasty treats from Russell’s Bakery, bagels from Rockstar Bagels, and a gluten-free selection from People’s Pharmacy, as long as you purchase a beverage, you’re welcome to bring in your own food. The owners encourage customers to stop by El Primo Taco Trailer (practically in their parking lot). I’m told they serve up some of the tastiest tacos in town!
A Place To Perch
You have several choices for seating: at a bistro table out front, among tattooed baristas and patina concrete floors inside, or on the deck out back, where you can inhale the tranquillity that accompanies Bouldin Creek.
Regardless of where you choose to settle in, you’ll find a welcoming spirit, enhanced by the scent of freshly roasted coffee.
The term “once over” may be defined as a swift examination or survey, but once you step inside this neighborhood coffee bar, you’ll likely be swift in planning a return!
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@judymerhar wants to know:
How do you like to settle in at Once Over Coffee Bar?