The busiest 80 square feet on Broadway makes room for expansive Kosmic Koffee

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The busiest 80 square feet of cafe space on Broadway is back in action. And entrepreneur Anthony Davis has plans to cram even more into the little coffee shack in the midst of the hustle and bustle on Capitol Hill’s main drag.

Kosmic Koffee debuted for a sneak peek over Pride weekend marking yet another incarnation for the coffee shack at the corner of Broadway and Harrison. Regular hours are coming soon.

“We were driving down Broadway and saw the stand. It was a two hour decision process after I saw the sign,” Davis tells CHS about the “go go” nature of his latest venture. Davis also is part of Anslinger Capital, an “emerging market fund, focused on the legal cannabis market,” and venture capital concern Monition Partners. With those kinds of entrepreneurial roots, you can expect more from Kosmic than cups of coffee.

“I have a farm with chickens so I’m also selling farm fresh eggs,” Davis said. He’s already got a brand for the eggs thought up: Just Got Laid.

More unusual menu items are to come.

The Broadway coffee shack has spun through a few owners since longtimer TNT Espresso closed in 2016. The last version shuttered earlier this year when Let It Bean closed amid a challenging business environment.

For Davis, Kosmic is a chance to reconnect with the neighborhood where he was born — and to get back into the coffee business. He tells CHS he operated a coffee kiosk in Bellevue Square Mall when he was 19. His latest venture is likely to be part of a much more interesting environment.

You can learn more and keep track of the full opening at facebook.com/KosmicKoffeeBroadway/

Food+drink notes

Robertson in 2012 (Image: CHS)

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