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Stepping inside Bungalow Coffee Co. feels like going on a tropical vacation. As you enter the space, located at 201 E. Charleston Blvd., you’re greeted by lush greenery, a straw sofa and an appropriately themed mural by Tony Castillo and Snipt. It’s an effective ploy to draw you even further into the sleek and inviting 2,500-square-foot room.
At its center is the bar, where baristas pour a variety of specialty coffee drinks such as the refreshing Rosemary Latte. Bungalow also tapped Chef Joe Zanelli from The Palms to build the food menu, which includes a variety of toasts, breakfast sandwiches and salads, along with pastries from Carl’s Donuts and vegan treats from The Cup Cave.
It’s an impressive offering for first-time restaurateurs Ryan Matson and Shannon Lutz. “We’re self-taught obsessive savants,” Lutz says.
Bungalow Coffee is the manifestation of several years of “big picture dreaming” and extensive research paired with Matson’s experience as a general contractor on The Strip and Lutz’s background as a marketing guru. It’s both a nod to and extension of Lutz’s business, The Social Bungalow.
The result is a coffee shop that’s thoughtful in its aesthetic, approach and purpose. Beyond the design and menu is a roasting program that highlights different roasters from across the country. The first up is Onyx Coffee Lab from Arkansas.
“They’re all about transparency,” Lutz says. “We have similar morals and ethics.”
Lutz and Matson’s values are sprinkled throughout the space. Bungalow prides itself on its inclusivity. It’s written on the coasters with messages like “Filter coffee, not voices.”
“We’re operating from radical care, so everyone feels radically seen, heard and appreciated,” Matson says. “We believe there’s room for everyone.”