Alaska’s renown coffee company, Kaladi Brothers, is closing one of its most iconic locations — in the heart of downtown Anchorage. The company cited safety concerns for staff and customers alike.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the closure of our Downtown cafe at West 6th Avenue on Friday, December 1st. Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our staff and customers, and while we have put forth our greatest efforts in mitigating the safety issues that affect them, we no longer feel that we can responsibly operate within this space,” the company wrote on social media.
Kaladis will open two blocks away inside the Conoco Phillips Atrium, at 700 G Street. That location has private security, but it may mean fewer hours for the coffee purveyor. It won’t be open Saturdays or Sundays at that location.
“We have loved having this cafe and being a part of the Performing Arts Center for the past 18 years, and have endless gratitude for the staff and customers who have joined us along the way,” Kaladi Brothers wrote.
Downtown Anchorage has deteriorated over the past few years, as have the downtown areas in many cities, such as Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In Seattle, dozens of stores have moved out of the urban core due to rising crime and drug-addled homeless vagrants.
Kaladi Brothers started out in Anchorage on April 14, 1984, when founder Brad Bigelow rolled out the cart that he and his father had built. He parked it on the corner of Fourth Avenue and F Street in front of the Visitor Information Center, becoming the first espresso cart in Alaska. He went into full- scale commercial roasting in 1986, and opened his first retail espresso counter in 1988. Tim Gravel later became co-owner, president and CEO of the company.