The corner of East 9th and Monmouth streets in historic downtown Newport, Kentucky is still sleepy.
The one-story building, originally faced with white stucco and flanked by a red tile sub-roof, was home to an El Rico drugstore. Banks later occupied the building, including National City, ending with a check cashing venture. After much alterations to its appearance, including the use of polyisocyanurate foam, the building was left largely vacant.
The three-story Italianate Second Empire structure immediately to the east was built prior to 1900. At one point, the upper floors was home to several tenements while ground floor was host to a dry cleaner and other sundries. Today, the upper floors are vacant while the lower level is home to Carabello Coffee.
A previous owner had attempted to rehabilitate the upper floors, going as far as to remove some plaster walls and ceiling – revealing beautiful rough-sewn timbers. For whatever reason, need it be financial or else, construction did not progress very far.
On November 10, 2014, Carabello Coffee announced the purchase of 845 Monmouth, along with an adjoining building, to expand their coffee roasting operations. When renovations are complete, the complex will feature more seating, a slow bar, roastery annex and a training laboratory. WorK Architecture + Design and the City of Newport is assisting in the development.