SoBro condo tower Encore lands cafe

Second Wind Coffee Bar to open in June

SoBro condominium tower Encore has landed its second tenant within the past five weeks, as Second Wind Coffee Bar will take the front right space of the high-rise.

Owned by Nashville-based entrepreneur Luke McKee, who also owns Red Rooster on Demonbreun Street, the 1,300-square-foot café is slated to open in June.

Terms of the lease are not being disclosed.

Second Wind will be an artisanal coffee bar featuring coffee, espresso and teas. At night, the bar will switch gears and feature local beers and wines by the glass. In addition, the café will offer a daily assortment of muffins, scones, croissants and hot paninis made to order.

“SoBro is becoming a hotbed for restaurants and retail, and we’re excited to join the neighborhood,” McKee said in a release. “In addition to serving downtown residents, there will be an influx of activity once the Music City Center opens in May and the Omni and other hotels follow suit.”

McKee, a native New Yorker, was inspired by the coffee scene in Brooklyn and Manhattan and said he wants to bring the same level of café excellence to SoBro. He is working with roasters in both New York and Nashville to source his coffee blends.

Second Wind Coffee Bar is the third establishment to take Encore retail space. In late February, officials with The Farm House announced they will open in the spring. (Read more here.) Similarly contemporary restaurant Etch opened last fall. With the addition of Second Wind, Encore has filled approximately 9,300 square feet of its 20,000 square feet of retail space.

Giarratana Development and Novare Group partnered in the development of the 21-story Encore, for which all 333 condo units are sold.

“SoBro has needed a coffee shop for some time, and Second Wind will knock it out of the park,” said Tony Giarratana, president of Giarratana Development.

During lease negotiations, Austin Benedict with the Nashville office of Colliers International represented the building owners, with Fletcher Elkington of Elkington Real Estate Group having represented the tenant.

“I can’t think of a better use for the space,” Benedict said. “It’s a great concept for the perfect location.”
Graham Reese of Graham Reese Design Group will handle design work.