Park Hill is getting a espresso store, and it’s not one other Starbucks. On April 3, Darkish Facet Espresso’s two-way drive-thru location at 4261 JFK Blvd. celebrated its one-year anniversary. Proprietor Mark Whitehead not too long ago introduced in an Instagram publish that the corporate will quickly open a second “lounge” location within the former Indignant Dave’s Bicycles at 3515 JFK Blvd. Again in January, Indignant Dave’s relocated a couple of blocks south, taking on the house at 3217 JFK Blvd. that housed Collector’s Version Comics from 1982 till it closed store final summer season.

Darkish Facet Espresso (named in homage to the darkish facet of the drive in “Star Wars”) will preserve its drive-thru location within the North Park Mall parking zone that homes Pastime Foyer, and it will likely be generally known as the “specific” location. The brand new lounge location, which Whitehead mentioned in his announcement will open within the subsequent month or someday earlier than summer season, can have a drive-thru (which is pending approval), on-line ordering, sandwiches and a lounge space with couches and bar seating with free Wi-Fi for purchasers. Roasting will even be executed onsite. Earlier than the drive-thru location opened within the early days of the pandemic final yr, Darkish Facet operated out of a trailer and popped up at locations like Bernice Backyard and The Rail Yard.

It will little doubt be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, which till current years with the addition of North Bar, La Casa Actual and The Filling Station, hasn’t actually been identified for its eating places. That was possible due partially to the ban on alcohol gross sales that spanned almost 50 years. Voters reversed the ban in 2013, however that doesn’t clarify why there hasn’t been ample locations alongside the southern finish of JFK Boulevard for caffeine fixes. I sit up for lastly having a cup searching on JFK Boulevard, which is one thing I’ve by no means executed regardless of rising up in North Little Rock and being an avid espresso drinker since fifth grade.