Trio of owners makes jump from “mobile coffee” location to brick-and-mortar storefront with East Pass Coffee Co.
DESTIN — The idea started small for the caffeine-fueled trio.
When the time came that Mackenzie Destin, her husband Grant, and Hayden Shaw thought things were going well with their "mobile coffee" experiment, JumpinGoat Coffee, they began to think bigger.
And not as in a bigger trailer, which JumpinGoat operated out of for the past two years out of the Dewey Destin parking lot on the harbor.
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"We really wanted to expand," Mackenzie said. "We all have restaurant backgrounds, so we wanted to utilize that and turn it into something bigger. So we decided to re-brand because we would be adding so much more to our menu.
"We wanted to do something that, hopefully, was going to resonate with the community," she added.
The results can be seen and enjoyed in person now, as East Pass Coffee Co. (529 Harbor Blvd.), the trio's first brick-and-mortar location, opened on Friday. Hours will be from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., seven days a week to start.
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East Pass is the only outlet from Choctawhatchee Bay to the Gulf of Mexico in Destin, and the original identifier of the area on maps in the late 1700s.
"It's the same complex as (restaurants) Burrito Del Sol and Red Onion, so it's kind of a fun, revitalized little pocket of Destin," Mackenzie said.
East Pass will still serve JumpinGoat Coffee, but will also have an expanded menu that includes acai bowls, smoothies, breakfast toasts and several sandwich options.
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"Honestly, probably honing in on our favorite dishes was the hardest part," Mackenzie said. "We wanted the community to get a great experience when they came in that wasn't a full-scale restaurant."
Listening to the description of some of the menu items seems to underline what an amazing experience it could be, led by an array of breakfast toasts; avocado toast, peanut butter creme and banana toast and cinnamon toast for the kids (and most adults, let's be honest).
The signature item on the menu, though, is a breakfast sandwich — egg over medium, thick-cut bacon, cheddar cheese, arugula and hot pepper jelly.
"We love the locals and we love our community," Mackenzie said. "We really want to bring that feeling to our shop and let them know we're going to cater to what they want. We think it's a fresh, modern space where people can come work or visit. Somewhere people can ride their bikes to and have a great time."