Sondra Powell, right, and brother Jason Powell own Red Hot Roasters. | Courtesy of Red Hot Roasters

Don’t worry Red Hot Roasters nuts, the coffee company isn’t moving far.

Effective Jan. 30, Red Hot Roasters will start operating out of the former Old Standard Auto Garage, 1399 Lexington Road, just across the street from its longtime Lexington Road store, according to an email from Sondra Powell who co-owns the business with her brother Jason Powell.

“We needed to move, but we wanted to stay in the neighborhood where we started,” Powell said in the email. “We looked out our front door and noticed a ‘For Lease’ sign was up at the old garage for the first time ever.”

Since 2006, Red Hot Roasters has operated out of a space connected to the Marathon gas station at the corner of Lexington Road and Payne Street.

The new location will allow Red Hot Roasters to keep its drive-thru service in the Irish Hill neighborhood as well as add a pick-up counter, outdoor seating, bike racks and an expanded summer drink menu, Powell said in the email.

“We are still a fun, quirky place to get coffee,” Powell said in the email. “You can get all your traditional favorites, socialize and enjoy them in a relaxed and authentically Louisville setting.”

She added that the larger space, as well as a new location in Butchertown, will allow the company to grow its wholesale business.

Insider Louisville broke the news that Red Hot Roasters plans to open at 1009 E. Main St. in late spring.

The two-story, 1,500-square-foot renovated building in Butchertown will house the company’s main roasting operations. It also will feature outdoor seating and a small cafe stocked with treats from Wiltshire Pantry and Ehrler’s Ice Cream.

Red Hot Roasters will be part of the Butcherblock development that already includes shops Stag + Doe and Louabull, Vietnamese restaurant Pho Ba Luu, and doughnut shop Hi-Five Doughnuts. Hi-Five Doughnuts is expected to open Thursday morning.

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]