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New Superior coffee shop sets sights on Empire Building

A new brewery is coming to Superior, but its focus is on beans instead of hops.

Aryana Buck and Evan Meyer plan to open Empire Coffee in the restored Empire Building on the corner of North 12th Street and Tower Avenue.

Empire Block LLC owner Mark Hubbard confirmed the coffee shop is one of two businesses eyeing spots in the historic 1892 building. The other is in the process of final lease negotiations.

"We're 99.9 percent of the way there," Buck said Tuesday, a signature away from the new venture.

She and Meyer envision the shop at 1204 Tower Ave. as a hub for all kinds of coffee from a variety of roasters.

"Like a tap house for coffee," Buck said. "We want to be more modern, but call back to the roots of the building."

They expect the business to open March 1.