Buddy Brew debuts new cafe inside Armature Works in Tampa Heights


Buddy Brew Coffee Bar is now open inside Armature Works in Tampa Heights.

Buddy Brew Coffee remains a staple for most local coffee connoisseurs with myriad locations across the Tampa Bay region. Its newest venture brings Buddy Brew to Armature Works. The coffee concept takes over the space formerly occupied by Union Coffee. 

Serving Tampa for more than a decade

Dave and Susan Ward opened the very first Buddy Brew Coffee Bar in Tampa in 2010. The name of the concept comes from the owners pup, Buddy. The pair created a label in jest with their dog’s name on it, but customers fell in love with it. 11 years later, and more than 7 locations in, Buddy Brew is ingrained in Tampa Bay’s DNA. 

“This year has not been easy. But Buddy Brew has opened not one but two locations during this pandemic,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said. “Buddy Brew has been a good friend to the Tampa community and I’m happy to be here to support this wonderful new addition here at Armature Works.”

“Armature Works is a perfect fit for Buddy Brew, and we already feel right at home,” said Dave Ward. “We are so thankful to all who contributed to making this beautiful new space, and we are excited to continue bringing people together to connect over a cup of high-quality specialty coffee, and celebrate our beautiful city.”

Buddy Brew serves up donuts, avocado toast, and pastries

The full-service coffee and espresso bar will be open seven days a week. It will serve hot and iced coffee beverages as well as BOLT cold brew, Original and Nitro, on tap. The breakfast menu includes pastries, breakfast sandwiches and Hale Life vegan donuts. The lunch menu features Buddy Brew’s signature avocado toast with poached eggs, among other entrees. 

Buddy Brew joins 19 other dining establishments in the historic venue. The 433-square-feet space has a Carrara marble bar, which provides seating for six. The space features original art by Ron Francis and custom metalwork artist Alex Rodriguez Wilkes.

Buddy Brew at Armature Works is open 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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