Onyx Coffee Lab plans to open a new location in downtown Springdale, the company announced.
Construction is set to begin Sept. 1 in the historic First Security Bank building at 112 W. Emma Ave., which last year was sold to real estate group Moses Tucker Partners, who plan to include retail, restaurant, residential and office spaces in the multi-use building.
Onyx owners Jon and Andrea Allen are both Springdale natives, who have opened Onyx locations in Bentonville, Fayetteville and Rogers.
“We knew that we wanted to bring a location to Springdale and decided that now is the time for Onyx to open in downtown Springdale,” said Andrea Allen. “Emma Avenue is always buzzing with activity and we felt it was the perfect time to return to our roots.”
Jon Allen said the couple have spent two years planning the new location while working with the building’s ownership to create the new cafe, which will feature an evolving specialty coffee program much like the region’s other Onyx locations.
This time, however, the focus will be chocolate, with a bean-to-bar production facility that’s fully open to customers, the Allens said.
The cafe will also serve breakfast, pastries and lunch alongside house-made ice creams and a small offering of natural wines.
“There’s a lot of momentum with restaurants and business openings, expansions to the Greenway and constant improvements to our community,” said Jon Allen. “It’s been fun to watch Emma transform into something neither of us ever dreamed of. We’re thrilled to get to be a part of it.”