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Dear Austin Coffee Bar opens in former Irie Bean space

An ode to Austin, the new coffee and boba shop will celebrate its grand opening Friday, May 17-Sunday, May 19 with live music, discounted drinks, and special merch all weekend.

A white wall with the words "Dear Austin" and love letters behind a coffee bar and petite tables.

Once you’re done drinking your coffee, you can head across the street to Purr-fecto Cat Lounge, which is under the same ownership.

Photo by ATXtoday

Dear Austin, there’s a new coffee bar in town.

Located inside the former Irie Bean space at 2310 S. Lamar Blvd., Dear Austin Coffee Bar officially opens at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 17.

The concept — an ode to Austin, its people, and spreading kindness — is owned by Lupita Foster, who also owns Purr-fecto Cat Lounge across the street.

Inside, you’ll find a wall where you can post love letters to the city, a mural reading “empathy,” and bathrooms imploring both native Austinites and transplants to get along.

With an indoor coffee counter and an outdoor bar with beer + wine, Foster told ATXtoday she wants to keep community at the forefront of Dear Austin by stocking goods from other local brands like Mr. Natural sandwiches and tea from Texas Coffee Traders.

The shop is celebrating its grand opening with boba tea, live music, frosé, and freebies all weekend — Friday, May 17-Sunday, May 19.