When the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority issued a flush-and-boil advisory for tap water last week, Redhawk Coffee was one of many businesses forced to shut down. The pop-up coffee shop had just arrived in Oakland at the start of the year, and already it was faced with its first hurdle.
But the temporary setback didn’t throw Redhawk off track too much. Husband-and-wife proprietors Mary Gonzales and Braden Walter used the time to get caught up on other tasks related to their venture. When the advisory was lifted two days later, by that afternoon, the coffee shop was open again.
Redhawk started out as a coffee truck in 2016. In January, the couple moved into a location on Meyran Avenue, in Oakland. The original lease ran only through March, but Walter told City Paper that they now plan to remain open for a full year.
“We offer a quality and knowledge of coffee that’s different from anywhere else in Oakland, and we’re not a chain,” says Walter. “I think people have been pretty excited by that.”
Redhawk carries coffee from five different roasters, including Pittsburgh-based Commonplace Roastery. The drinks menu is relatively simple, with items like double espresso, macchiato, cappuccino and latte.
Since setting up at the Oakland location, Redhawk has also been partnering with local eateries like Baby Loves Tacos to offer lunchtime food options to customers.
“People get sick of the same stuff every day, so we wanted to offer them something different,” says Walter. “Our customers have really been enjoying it.”
120 Meyran Ave., Oakland. 412-708-4270