Chicago native Reginald Perry, the founder of Saint Croix’s Grounded Café, is opening not one, but two locations of the coffee house in Atlanta this year. By 2023, Perry plans to have a total of four locations in the market, the restauranteur told What Now Atlanta Tuesday.
While the first announced Grounded Café location has yet to begin construction (Perry is still awaiting the space from the landlord), ground will break next week on an outpost in the One Peachtree Pointe building, at 1545 Peachtree St NE. “We’re starting construction next week,” Perry said. “There’s not a lot of work to do there” because it’s a second generation restaurant space. Formerly home to Rising Roll, suite 115 could reopen as Grounded Café in less than a month, according to Perry.
Grounded Café offers not only “the best coffee, but coffee with a purpose,” Perry said. The company uses a portion of its proceeds to fund college educations for students in Rwanda.
In addition to its coffee, Grounded Café in Atlanta will serve homemade ice cream imported from the U.S. Virgin Islands, served alongside pastries from Chicago. “We’re excited for the opportunity to serve the City of Atlanta and this great community,” Perry said.
Perry doesn’t know when the Marietta location will open, nor does the restauranteur know where locations two and three will pop-up. “I’m in Atlanta about once a month, learning the neighborhoods,” Perry said. “But mostly I’m looking for the best business opportunity, and when one presents itself, I’ll jump on it.”