The new Highlands Heine Bros. will open across the street from the original on June 1. | Photo courtesy of Heine Bros. Coffee

Louisvillians are running out of time to have one last coffee at the original Heine Brothers’ Coffee. The iconic location at  Bardstown Road and Longest Avenue is closing as of Thursday, May 31, the coffee company announced.

Heine Brothers’ announced back in January that a new, larger location would open across the street in front of Mid-City Mall – but the 800-square-foot original location was the site of countless meet-ups over the years, from personal to professional. It’s a Highlands institution that will be mourned.

That first Heine Brothers’ opened Oct. 1, 1994, and no one could have guessed then that it would become a Louisville mainstay. The coffee company has since grown to 15 locations across the city, but that original was held in high esteem, and with the ultimate neighbor, a Carmichael’s Bookstore, right next door.

The original Heine Bros. location will close May 31 at 11 a.m. Google photo

Fans have until 11 a.m. on the 31st to say their tearful farewells with one last espresso shot. The new space, at 1250 Bardstown Road, formerly housed Dunkin’ Donuts and is slated to open the following day, June 1, at 6 a.m., and continue with regular business hours.

“Our customers have been asking for more space, so we’re delivering for them,” Heine Brothers’ president Mike Mays said.

The new location will have 2,000 square feet of space to spread out, enjoy a cappuccino and maybe do a little work on the laptop, with 45 seats opposed to the old location’s 16. There will be a 15-foot counter overlooking Bardstown Road, as well, if you just want to sip your coffee and gaze at the passing traffic, both foot and motorized.

Mays said the wood-framed, stone counter would “offer some of the best people-watching opportunities of anywhere on Bardstown Road.”

Another new aspect is a drive-through window for easy access on the go, and the new location will employ up to six new baristas. Mays said the new digs were created with the neighborhood in mind.

“We completely transformed the new location to make it blend in better with the unique feel of Bardstown Road,” he said. “We ended up expanding the cafe even more than originally planned and we’re thrilled with it.

“Each of our cafes have their own feel to fit with the local neighborhood,” Mays continued.  “The Highlands is where it all started for us, so this is special. We’re going to enjoy the last weekend at the old store, but we’re looking forward to deepening our roots in the neighborhood. We are also happy that the new location is still just a few steps from our longtime friends at Carmichael’s Bookstore.”

Kevin Gibson covers everything from food to music to beer to bourbon. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono (pissed her off a little, too). Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he co-hosts a local radio show and plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies. Check out his blog, 502Brews.com, or feel free to call him names on Twitter: @kgramone.


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