Arsaga’s opens new location at UA’s Windgate Studio + Design Center

Ava Arsaga serves the first drink in the new shop to contractor on the project, Richard West (Courtesy)

A local coffee shop and cafe this week opened a new location on the University of Arkansas campus.

Arsaga’s officially opened their second on-campus location inside the UA’s new Windgate Studio + Design Center building, located at 645 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fayetteville.

The new shop will serve all the Arsaga’s coffee drinks you would expect to find at their local coffee establishments, along with pastries, a breakfast sandwich, a Basque breakfast flan, bostock, a grapefruit brulee, and other items to start. The plan, Ava Arsaga told us, is to change the menu pretty frequently at this location.

The cafe will collaborate with the UA’s School of Art to redesign and decorate the shop frequently as well. The ceramics department will eventually create the cups and dishes, for example, and the graphic design department will help layout the menu. The cafe will also be the home of regular art installations created by students in the department over the bar.

Local artist and UA grad Luke Knox will install the first piece to get the cafe started in the coming weeks.

The new location will become the sixth Arsaga’s location open in Fayetteville. Arsaga’s operates a restaurant called Arsaga’s at the Mill, a coffee and toast shop called Arsaga’s Church & Center, a drive-thru “Carsaga’s” location on MLK, as well as locations inside the UA Law School Library and Fayetteville Public Library. Arsaga’s also operates a pop up shop during the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market on the square during the warmer months.

To start, the shop will be open weekdays from around 7:30 a.m. to 1 or 2 p.m., though those hours may change depending on demand.

Windgate Studio + Design Center (Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer)