Due South Coffee Roasters closed its Taylors Mill location before Christmas and reopened Dec. 26 in Hampton Station’s White Duck Taco Shop, 1320 Hampton Ave. Ext., Greenville, while its new coffee shop just across the walkway is under construction.
The temporary counter, jokingly named the Due South Duck Blind, in White Duck is full service, offering Due South’s regular line of espresso drinks and coffees from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. each day, even when the restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Due South co-founder Patrick McInerney says construction in the new space should be completed this winter.
“Even though we’ve only just dropped off the last load to Hampton Station, it already feels like home,” McInerney says. “Richard and Dan at White Duck Taco have welcomed us with open arms and graciously allowed us to set up a full-service coffee bar inside their space while we work to complete the build-out of our new one.”
Due South announced in October it would be moving from its 4,000-square-foot original home in Taylors Mill to a 2,630-square-foot space across from White Duck in 2018. The Hampton Station space will be more of a café and roastery, with more focus on the production side, rather than the co-working atmosphere in the mill. Due South customers will be able to use Hampton Station common areas along with White Duck and Birds Fly South Ale Project customers.
“Moving a business is a monumental task with lots of moving parts. Having a community like Hampton Station to support us through this transition has made it infinitely easier. We couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of such a supportive and collaborative community,” McInerney says.
Due South’s roastery output has grown significantly — 40 percent since last year at this time — and the move will bring them much closer to their local accounts, such as Furman University Library, Limoncello, Joe’s Place Bookstore, Happy + Hale, The Village Grind, Lowes Foods, and others.
Less than a mile away from Hampton Station, a second Due South location is already under construction at The Commons, located within the new proposed City Park at 159 Welborn St. Located in a 20,000-square-foot open marketplace along the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail, Due South Coffee will join Feed & Seed, SC Bakeroom, and The Community Tap, as well as a myriad of food vendors with a full-service cafe concept.
Until the roaster is up and running at Hampton Station, Due South will be roasting at the local Ally Coffee facility.