Octane coming to Woodruff Arts Center


Octane Coffee continues its caffeine-buzzed expansion across intown Atlanta.

On Monday, a permit was filed in Atlanta to bring a new location of Octane to the Woodruff Arts Center, home of the High Museum, Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The 1,100-square-foot coffee shop would sit along Peachtree Street and overlook the lawn that stretches in front of the High Museum, said Tony Riffel, who launched Octane with his wife, Diane, in December 2003 with a location on Marietta Street in Westside Atlanta.

“We’ve always been involved in the arts community,” Riffel said, adding the new location could help enhance street life along that stretch of Peachtree. “We’ve thought there is a void there for a long time. It will hopefully bring some more activity in that area.”

The coffee shop could be open in November or December.

It’s just one of the projects Octane has in the works.

Octane plans to start roasting coffee at its Grant Park location by the end of the year.

It’s signed on for a new retail project in Chamblee called Peachtree Crossing, which is set to open in 2017.

Octane is partnering with Michael Tavani, co-founder of Scoutmob, on a new concept called Western & Atlantic. It’s an amenity of Tavani’s latest endeavor called Switchyards Downtown Club, which aims to become a hub for consumer- and design-focused startups.

And, Octane is in talks for a coffee shop at the mixed-use development surrounding the Atlanta Braves’ new home, SunTrust Park. But, a deal has yet to be signed.

by Amy Wenk for Atlanta Business Chronicle

Oct 5, 2015, 2:56pm EDT Updated Oct 5, 2015, 2:58pm EDT

Amy Wenk covers hospitality, retail and restaurants.