There’s a new kid on the block, adding to the swirl of fancy-pants coffee shops that are pouring into the QC. Parliament Espresso & Coffee Bar will be located at 300 South Tryon St., offering a proprietary blend of Nicaraguan coffee that’s brewed from machines imported from Florence, Italy.
Alex Sutton, a born-and-bred Charlottean, will be leading the team full steam ahead as their general manager.
“I hope that our shop gives people the opportunity to learn more about what makes Parliament a wonderful quality product while providing warm hospitality and building relationships in the community,” Sutton said.
Parliament’s bustling flagship store opened in December of 2016, enhancing New York City’s Historical Society on the Upper West Side.
Parliament is a member of STARR Catering Group, which is part of the Elior North America’s family of companies. So with Elior North America’s corporate headquarters relocating to Uptown Charlotte, it was a natural decision for this upscale espresso shop to expand their culinary presence and introduce a few of their baristas to our local community.
The shop will offer nearly 100 seats for guests to relax, mingle with friends or meet with co-workers. The space houses plenty of bar stools, communal seating, large lounge chairs and individual small tables for laptop-lovers who need their own space.
It’s conveniently located on a pedestrian-friendly street and will feature a walk-up window that is unique to the Charlotte location only. It’s complimented by linear access to seating at Romare Bearden Park, which is perfect for grab-and-go orders and pre-orders using the Parliament app.
They will also serve up freshly baked pastries, sandwiches and salads during business hours.
Parliament’s Arabica beans are sourced through a direct trade relationship with La Virgen Coffee Estates in Nicaragua. Owned by Henry Hueck, this single coffee grower has a shared commitment of crafting a higher quality cup of coffee by supporting those who grow and harvest it.
Parliament donates a percentage of their proceeds back to Hueck, which assists in maintaining his community’s medical clinic, schools and providing a better quality of life to their local community.
Parliament Espresso & Coffee Bar: 300 South Tryon St.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sunday
Photos: Parliament Espresso