Unique among Athens’ many coffee shops, Brew du Soleil Espresso Cafe is a drive-up cafe outside the city’s mall near its eastern edge. There’s nowhere to sit, and there’s nowhere to “walk in” but it keeps in business nonetheless; an immobile little building serving a wide variety of drinks. It offers service to passerby in cars as well as the weekly Athens Farmer’s Market, which plants itself around the cafe every Saturday morning. While it’s certainly not the most elaborate business, and it does not give you the chance to enjoy the coffee shop vibe, there are a lot of good things to say about this place.
Ohio University’s Baker University Center was constructed with the expressed purpose of being the centerpiece for student life on campus. Designed like a five-story mini mall, Baker hosts several places to eat. The Front Room, however, is arguably Baker’s main hotspot. The Front Room is the most prominent of the Baker institutions, and the only one open at night.
Good luck finding an Ohio University student or Athens resident who doesn’t have something good to say about Donkey Coffee. It’s hard to describe the coffee shop merely as a place to buy something to drink. For students, faculty and residents, Donkey can only be described as a cultural institution.