A unique Fort Worth coffee concept is expanding: Ampersand, which heroically serves both coffee and cocktails, is opening a second location at 3025 S. University Dr., in a strip across from the TCU campus, specifically in the space that was previously home to Record Town, which has since moved to Near Southside.
According to a release, the shop opened on December 3.
Ampersand is owned by Toan Luong and Mimi Lu, who are themselves TCU alumni, along with some unidentified partners. They opened their first location in the West Seventh District in October 2017.
They take an artisanal approach that includes syrups made in-house, single-origin coffees, and blended roasts. They also use a unique air-roasting process to roast their coffee beans.
Some of their specialty coffees and tea-based beverages at this location will pay a clever tribute to TCU's iconic purple. Those include:
- iced taro latte
- butterfly pea flower tea
- lavender vanilla latte
Other menu offerings include Vietnamese iced coffee, shaken breve hazelnut latte, nitro cold brew, and matcha.
One departure at this second location is that there will not be a full-service bar. However, they'll roll out coffee-infused cocktails and craft beers in a forthcoming menu.
There will also be food, mostly small bites such as specialty toasts, pastries, breakfast tacos, smoothies and grab-and-go items.
The release describes the decor as modern yet welcoming, with exposed wood beams, geometric tile, blush pink accent walls, and ambient natural light. Seating runs from intimate tables for two to roomy communal tables.
Decorative elements highlight vintage Record Town and Fort Worth memorabilia and photography, plus works by local artists and muralists.
They'll also host performances by local musicians and guest DJs.
Saving the best for last, they're taking a strong eco-friendly stance that is so exciting, it requires another set of bullets:
- repurposing their coffee grounds into compost for the Tarrant Area Food Bank's Community Garden
- hemp-based straws
- straw-less lids
"Our goal is to curate an environment where people connect over unique beverages in a creative atmosphere," Luong says. "Being TCU Alumni and Fort Worth locals ourselves, we’re super thankful to have a growing brand in a community we love."