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Coffee house, Egyptian restaurant joining Gateway at Greenway Park

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Gateway at Greenway Park in Bethlehem (Contributed photo)
Gateway at Greenway Park in Bethlehem (Contributed photo)

A coffee house with a roasting bar and a restaurant offering Egyptian cuisine are the two newest tenants to join a new corporate office project in South Bethlehem.

CBRE, a global real estate firm marketing the property, made the announcement Monday afternoon.

Sagra Beans Coffee House & Roastery and Taza Egyptian Cuisine will occupy space on the ground floor of Gateway at Greenway Park, a six-story building at Third and New streets, joining anchor tenants Lehigh University and St. Luke’s University Health Network. Earlier this year, CBRE announced Grille 3501, a South Whitehall Township restaurant, would open a second location at the site, with a rooftop restaurant expected to open in November.

Sagra Beans Coffee House & Roastery will open a second location on the first floor, occupying 1,800 square feet facing New Street, said Jody King, vice president of CBRE. Sagra has another business, Sagra Bistro, in Hellertown, which will stay open.

The Gateway location will serve breakfast, sandwiches and salads, among other items, King said. Sagra Beans, which will offer customers the opportunity to roast their own beans, plans to open in late September, King said.

“Sagra Beans is not just about a good cup of coffee but enjoying the coffee experience,” said Robyn Cavallaro, chef and owner of Sagra Bistro, in a statement. “Our menu will include sandwiches, salads and sweets including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, non-GMO options as well as tea and cold brew and blended drinks.”

Cavallaro said she bought a roaster and will have a bar in her store where customers can roast their coffee beans. She will also offer team-building events, fund-raising opportunities and private-label coffee bag options. She plans to be open seven days a week.

She said she had been looking for about a year and a half for a second location.

"It has all the demographics I've been looking for," Cavallaro said, regarding the South Bethlehem location.

The $20 million building is the first of several developments that Dennis Benner, a Bethlehem developer, is planning in this portion of the city. ION Development Group, a company owned and managed by Benner and his sons, Garrett and Brandon Benner, is the team behind the project.

Meanwhile, Taza already has a spot in the Easton Public Market and The Taza Truck, a food truck business where it serves its authentic Egyptian cuisine. The Easton location and the food truck will remain open.

Taza plans to open in January, King said.

Bob Dandi, a broker for RE-MAX Central, represented Taza in the lease, King said.

Tim Bonner, co-owner of Taza, said they are focusing on opening in January in time to catch the spring semester crowd from Lehigh University, where it has a big following.

"We are trying to tap into that bigger growth area in South Bethlehem," Bonner said. "The idea is particularly, we want to tap into our larger customer base. On top of that, our catering business has exploded."

Bonner and his wife, Hala, started Taza with the food truck business in 2014 and gained a following in the South Bethlehem area.

"It will really help us expand the brand in the valley," Bonner said.

Outside the region, Taza will open a location in Philadelphia in August called Kamoon, he said.

Bonner said he plan to hire a general manager for the South Bethlehem location, which will have its own seating in a roughly 1,500 square foot space that faces New Street.

CBRE is finalizing leases for two office tenants on the second floor that it plans to announce shortly, King added.

King said she could still sign leases for two more restaurants on the first floor, with about 10,000 square feet available.

The Gateway project incorporates a multiple-story glass walkway that connects to the adjacent public parking garage.

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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