Oak Cliff, y’all must be spending a hecking lot of money on coffee.
A new coffee shop opened in Bishop Arts this month, next door to another coffee shop, Tribal All Day Cafe.
La Reunion calls itself a “neighborhood parlor, because it was designed to be a place for people to gather and socialize, just as Victorian parlors were places where people gathered to enjoy food, drink, and each other’s company.” Yes, the 1890s are alive in Oak Cliff.
Owner Mike Mettendorf began working in the coffee business as a teenager. He worked at Pearl Cup and Ascension before starting his own venture, State Street Coffee. La Reunion offers coffee drinks made with “the Holy Grail of espresso machines,” plus cocktails and food.
Mettendorf says he is not worried that there is an independent coffee shop on every block: “Many feel the market is becoming saturated with coffee shops, but I think it’s more accurate to say that the industry is maturing. Ten years ago, coffee shops were all running on the same playbook, but now they don’t have to. This is the amphibian growing legs and coming out of the water.”
La Reunion coffee shop opens at 8 a.m. every day, and they’re open at least until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday. Here are more pics.