CommonWealth Coffeehouse in San Antonio takes over former Rosella location on Jones Avenue | Flavor | San Antonio


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A sign advertises CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery as the next tenant of this dining space on East Jones Avenue.

In about two months, CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery is set to open its fifth location in the former Rosella Coffee & Wine Bar space at 203 E. Jones Ave. near Broadway. The local company is also planning new locations in Stone Oak and Port San Antonio.

Expect the cafe to be at the forefront of its new East Jones location, along with lunch and dinner options, pastries and breads, and beer and wine.

“In this very location, there is a strong push of new residents to the area,” said Marcel Arana, co-owner and COO of CommonWealth. “At the same time, you have professional companies around. We want to mix the two. You’ll be able to walk in and unpack just like you can at our Alamo Heights store. But at the same time being able to create space to have meetings.

Arana said he hopes to begin renovations to the space last occupied by Rosella within the next two weeks. The renovation itself is expected to take up to two months, he said.

“The biggest challenge on this one… Rosella was a staple in this place, obviously you want to create a new atmosphere, a new vibe,” Arana said. “The location is already so pretty on its own, it’s about getting in there and giving it a new feel, a touch of what CommonWealth has to offer.”

Click to enlarge Baristas tend to customers at the CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery at 118 Davis Court.  - Ben Olivo / San Antonio Heron

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Baristas tend to customers at the CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery at 118 Davis Court.

The lease at East Jones was signed about a month and a half ago, Arana said, but has been busy with renovations at Hemisfair (reopened about a week ago) and Weston Center (expected to open in about a week). week).

“We are first and foremost a coffeeshop,” he said. “That’s what we want to continue to be.”

Additionally, CommonWealth is opening a store in Stone Oak at 20079 Stone Oak Parkway later this year after the East Jones location is commissioned, and in Port San Antonio later this year or early this year. next year, Arana said,

He said he expects the West Jones site to open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. or midnight on weekends.

They’re working on a tapas menu for the evenings, which they experimented with at the Weston Center.

The local coffeeshop chain also has a location at 224 W. Evergreen St. near San Antonio College, which serves as its commissioner, and the original location at 118 Davis Court.

Before the pandemic, CommonWealth had nine locations, but five of them eventually closed – three hospital locations, one in Concord Plaza and another in the downtown Burns building.

This story first appeared in the San Antonio Herona non-profit news organization dedicated to informing its readers about changes in downtown and surrounding communities.

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