Thursday, May 30, 2024

Rhino Coffee and Southern Maid open joint location in south Shreveport

by BIZ Magazine

Rhino Coffee, the area’s largest locally owned coffee roaster and retailer, and Southern Maid Donuts, the iconic 80-plus-year-old glazed donut brand, have opened a joint location in South Shreveport’s Provenance Neighborhood.

The unique dual-branded location showcases the full breadth of these Shreveport institutions, including Rhino’s locally-roasted coffee, specialty drinks, baked goods, and lunch sandwiches; and Southern Maid’s famous donuts, kolaches, fritters, and cinnamon rolls.

The Rhino Coffee & Southern Maid location is the anchor tenant of a new building at the front of Provenance Neighborhood, a traditional neighborhood development located off Southern Loop in South Shreveport. It features a drive-thru, covered patio, and a sprawling outdoor courtyard. The outdoor area is nearing completion, and will include patio seating, string lights under trees, and a newly constructed music stage which will host concerts and other outdoor events.

Andrew Crawford founded Rhino Coffee in 2012, opening the flagship Uptown location in South Highlands. A Downtown location followed in 2016, along with a Roastery in downtown Shreveport, where hundreds of pounds of Fairtrade-certified coffee is roasted each week for use in Rhino’s own locations, as well as cafes, grocery stores, and offices across the South. In 2022, Crawford was the first tenant to commit to the new commercial building located at the front of the bustling Provenance Neighborhood.

A few months after signing the lease, Grant Nuckolls approached Crawford about potentially expanding the footprint by incorporating a more robust food offering. The duo, who also co-own Jacquelyn’s Café and Cuban Liquor, approached Gill McElroy, owner of Southern Maid’s location on East 70th Street. McElroy proved to be the perfect partner, with decades of experience successfully operating the brand in Shreveport.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new establishment, a dual-branded Rhino Coffee & Southern Maid Donuts located in Provenance on Southern Loop,” said Andrew Crawford. “We are proud to bring together two esteemed Shreveport brands to showcase their specialties at this unique location.”

“This combination of two local staples fills a big void along the Southern Loop corridor,” remarked Grant Nuckolls. “I’m excited for all the residents and daytime employees in the area to have a convenient way to enjoy the full breadth of what these brands have to offer. Andrew and I believe in the power of local brands, and it doesn’t get any better than Rhino Coffee & Southern Maid Donuts!”

Rhino Coffee & Southern Maid is located at 1024 Provenance Place Boulevard, Suite 100. The store is open 7 days/week, 7am-6pm. For more information, visit www.rhinocoffee.com, or visit the store’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RhinoCoffeeSouth. Customers can order ahead and earn rewards by downloading the Rhino App on Google Play or the Apple Store.

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