Daily Archives: January 7, 2011

Downtown Phoenix’s Giant Coffee Now Accepts Card Payments

[Source: Chow Bella, Phoenix New Times]

Giant Coffee Ditches Cash-Only Payment Policy


Source: Phoenix New Times

Is it a big deal if a coffee shop doesn’t accept plastic?

Perhaps it shouldn’t be, but when the cafe is in CenPho (where there’s plenty of stylish competition, and people take their hangouts very seriously) and the java joint happens to be owned by Matt and Erenia Pool (creators of two other popular downtown haunts, Matt’s Big Breakfast and The Roosevelt), then the answer is affirmative.

Yelpers flipped out when the Pools’ third venture, Giant Coffee, debuted last year with a cash-only payment policy. Matt Pool reasoned that he was emulating the famed Portland coffee roaster Stumptown.

But recently, Giant began taking debit and credit cards.

I’ve never seen a coffee shop or restaurant in Phoenix take payment via iPad, but at Giant, they have a tiny device hooked up to it that allows customers to use plastic — and get a digital receipt. Lookie here:


Giant Coffee uses an iPad to process debit and credit card transactions now. (Source: Phoenix New Times)

Grand Ave’s Sapna Cafe Space for Rent

[Source: Bragg’s Pie Factory]

We will miss Ana Borrajo on Grand Avenue and her Sapna Cafe but she is now cooking at the Pomegranite Cafe in Ahwautukee, and liking her new job. Taht means the old Sapna Cafe space is available for rent at Bragg’s Pie Factory.

The owner of Bragg’s Pie Factory is looking for someone who wants to open at least a breakfast/lunch spot. The space comes with lots of equipment in the space (including a stove/hood/fire suppression system).

They are a couple of serious, food related interested parties, but the owners of the building are not quite sure they will be the best fit.

If you know of anyone who might be interested please pass this on and have them contact Beatrice Moore at 602.391.4016.

Ideally, they are looking for a tenant to start a lease by February 1st.