A modest independently owned and operated coffee shop near Pearl has grown to other locations, and its next enterprise will soon be part of a newly expanded San Antonio Botanical Garden.
The garden recently announced that Rosella Coffee’s next venture will be as a restaurant vendor at the Sullivan Carriage House, beginning March 2018. The new location hours will be 9 a.m.2 p.m. with breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch service. Expanded hours for special events and private events will be offered. Parking is free. For convenience, Rosella customers can add general admission ($9-$12) to their ticket for easy access to the garden. General admission to the garden is not required to enjoy the restaurant. Visitors can enter Rosella’s from the garden or straight through the Sullivan Carriage House – formerly the garden’s main entrance. Renovations recently started on the 3,000-square-foot lower level of the carriage house to turn the former admission desk and gift shop into a larger footprint of the restaurant.
This will accommodate a coffee bar, wine bar, and indoor/outdoor dining areas. Outdoor seating will incorporate Gertie’s Garden, an adjacent patio nestled among seasonal plantings, a succulent wall, and shade trees, according to a press release from SABG.
“We are excited about the expansion at the Garden and happy to be a part of its continued growth,” said Rosella’s owner Charles Gonzales in the release. Gonzales recently retired from his anchor position at KSAT News to concentrate on growing Rosella, a brand that now includes locations at Methodist Hospital and the Rand Building on East Houston Street, in addition to the original spot on East Jones Avenue. “We are ready to make the carriage house an inviting venue not only for garden visitors but also a neighborhood spot for residents,” he added.
The botanical garden this fall is celebrating the completed first phase of its eight-acre expansion through which it seeks to enhance its educational and environmental initiatives.Newly added areas, revealed to the public in October, include the Mays Family Display Garden, Halsell Welcome Building, H-E-B Discovery Center, a culinary garden, Goldsbury Foundation Pavilion and CHEF Teaching Kitchen.
In spring 2018, the public will see the results of Phase 2, which will include the opening of the Family Adventure Garden, and the Greehey Family Foundation “No Name Creek.” “We’re thrilled to partner with Rosella Coffee, a local business that has established itself as a favorite neighborhood coffee shop for people to meet, work, and relax,” said Bob Brackman, garden executive director, in the release.
“They’re the perfect complement to our garden and new culinary programming. We look forward to having Rosella at the Garden offering their unique menu and flavors to tourists and locals alike.”