South Florida Coffee Shops Open and Adapting During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Vice City Bean will remain open in the A&E District and the Citadel.

Courtesy Vice City Bean

Today’s neighborhood coffeeshops are about a lot more than just walking in, grabbing a quick cup and getting it all out.

They have become community havens – places where relationships are carefully nurtured, where laptop warriors hang out for hours and a real, casual feeling of home permeates.

Business has changed for many cafes during the pandemic and they are struggling to stay alive after changing operations to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Among them is the specialty coffee heavyweight Panther. On a typical day in Wynwood, people from all walks of life can be seen in the urban courtyard of the store. Meetings are just not allowed these days, but the company is finding ways to persevere.

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“It’s definitely a different feeling,” says Panther co-founder Leticia Pollock. “It’s interesting … we’ll see some people doing yoga out there, and that’s about it. Otherwise it’s empty and everyone is standing in line two meters apart, waiting for their take-away drinks.”

Panther operates six stores across Miami-Dade, all of which are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. As part of its initiatives, the company sells gift cards on Amazon, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to its baristas.

To reduce third-party fees, the company has also developed its own Panther Coffee app (available for Apple and Android devices) for pre-order and express pick-up. And for home brewers, the company continues its online bean sales and has even seen a slight boom thanks to the stay-at-home environment.

“It’s definitely a challenge for everyone … that would be the understatement of the year,” says Pollock. “But our main focus is on keeping our jobs on the team and serving our community in other ways.”

Vice City Bean, whose main location is in the Arts & Entertainment District, has implemented its own online ordering system and offers additional menu items such as an espresso milkshake and extended breakfast options. According to co-owner Roland Baker, the store was closed for six days when the nationwide shutdown began, but is now open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with limited staff.

“We’re trying to be a café that goes through thick and thin,” says Baker. “When you step in you will still have the usual kindness and we want you to be comfortable.”

In addition to its flagship arts and entertainment district, the Vice City Bean outpost in the Citadel Food Hall recently opened on a limited schedule Thursday through Sunday, as did a handful of other vendors there. At its two locations, Vice City Bean has reduced its total workforce from 13 to three, but is hoping to bring back as many employees as possible as soon as possible.

Many local coffee specialties stay open for a morning jolt or a late break in the day. Below are nine of them.

Please note: although these stores are open at the time of publication, it is a good idea to call ahead of time to find out about changes to the timetable. Delivery areas and fees may vary, so please inquire directly with the delivery services or the restaurants.

Alaskan coffee roast. The North Miami Roaster and Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The passage opens at 7 a.m. Sunday times vary. Order through Postmates, Slice, Grubhub and DoorDash. 13130 ​​Biscayne Blvd., North Miami; 786-332-4254;

All day. The specialty cafe in the heart of Miami is open for takeaway and delivery. Place orders through the new website. Pick-up and delivery times are daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1035 N. Miami Avenue, Miami; 305-699-3447;

Coffee in the county hall. The Fort Lauderdale Coffee House drive-through is open 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekends. The delivery takes place via Postmates and DoorDash. 727 NE Third Avenue, Fort Lauderdale; 954-870-6456;

Eternity coffee roaster. The roaster / cafe in downtown Miami is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. The delivery takes place via DoorDash and Postmates. Online coffee bean orders over $ 50 have free shipping. 117 SE Second Avenue, Miami; 305-926-8298;

Grind Coffee Project. The specialty coffee mainstay in Fort Lauderdale is open from 8:30 am to 5:45 pm on weekdays and from 9:30 am to 5:45 pm on weekends. Take-away and call-ahead orders can be placed via 599 SW Second Avenue, Fort Lauderdale; 954-290-6074;

Panther coffee. All locations of the specialty coffee institution based in Miami are open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Order and prepayment via the Panther Coffee app (available in the Apple and Android stores) or delivery via Uber Eats. 2390 NW Second Avenue, Miami; 305-677-3952; Additional locations in Little Haiti, MiMo District, Coconut Grove, Miami Beach and W Miami Lobby.

Per’La Specialty Roaster and House of Per’la. The Coral Gables roastery / café is open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Orders can only be placed through the website or by phone. You receive free shipping when you order coffee beans online. 2626 Ponce de Leon Blvd., # 3, Coral Gables; 305-909-0932;

Vice City Bean. The Miami Coffee Shop is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Online ordering and collection are possible via 1657 N. Miami Ave., Unit C, Miami; 305-726-8031; Additional location in the Citadel (8300 NE Second Ave., Miami).

Wells Coffee Company. The coffee shop and coffee shop in Flagler Village in Fort Lauderdale is open 8 am-3pm on weekdays and 9 am-4pm on weekends. Destination $ 25,000. The delivery takes place via DoorDash. 737 NE Second Avenue, Fort Lauderdale; 954-982-2886;

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