Anita Howard

Bill John of RJ Allen & Associates stains wood panelling for the interior of The Coffee Bean on Wednesday. Currently, Employees of BC Watts, the original contracting team hired to rework the buildingÂ’s original shell, are setting up the utilities in preparation for mid-July openings.

Photo Credit: Ryan Edwards | Daily Texan Staff

The building on 24th and Guadalupe streets that formerly housed Follett’s Intellectual Property bookstore will be home to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Noodles & Company this summer after construction is completed.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will probably open for business the third week of July, said Anita Howard, controller and marketing director for Lone Star Bean, which operates The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf franchises in Texas. The company collaborated with the other businesses sharing the space from the start to make better use of the building, Howard said.

“We’re doing things like having shared bathrooms to make it where we’re all not just operating independently, but approaching it as a team,” she said.

Howard said the cafe’s first floor corner location with an entrance on each street will offer convenience to students, as will accepting Bevo Bucks.

David Lovey, an electrician working at the site, said the heat has affected the speed of construction.

“It’s slowed us down quite a bit,” Lovey said. “The guys get tired faster and have to stop for water [more frequently].”

Three new restaurants will debut next spring in the space where Follett’s Intellectual Property bookstore once stood on the corner of 24th and Guadalupe streets. The space will host The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Noodles & Company.

Anita Howard, controller and marketing director for Lone Star Bean, which will operate The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, said the presence of three tenants in the building has created unique challenges.

“The planning process has taken a little longer, but we are all pleased and excited about this location,” she said.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cafe will likely begin construction in December, Howard said. Construction and set up will take about three months, putting the opening time at around early March. The store, the sixth in the Austin area, will occupy the ground-level corner location on 24th and Guadalupe streets, with an entrance on both streets. Howard said the local franchise chose the location because of heavy foot traffic in the area.

A Starbucks Coffee store sits nearby at the corner of 24th and Nueces streets, but Howard said the store is not afraid of the competition.

“There are lots of potential guests in the area, and we hope to win over our share,” she said.

The Qdoba Mexican Grill will begin construction next month, said Kortney Otten, owner of franchise Q-Up Texas, LLC. The restaurant will be located on the side of 24th and San Antonio streets, directly across from Starbucks. Otten said the new location would give the franchise a greater chance to become involved in the University community.

“We feel that Qdoba brings a not only a good, fast casual alternative option but also complements the food options already in place,” she said.

Noodles & Company will open its first Texas restaurant in late spring, said corporate spokeswoman Jill Preston. The main entrance will be on the east side of the building off of Guadalupe Street.