The co-owner of the Opera House — his partner is Kyle Getz — is just under two weeks into the first phase of the plans to bring an upscale food court into the space that previously housed the River Market Brewing Company. He has opened Classic Rock Coffee, the first of three food-related concepts at 500 Walnut.
The space is divided into several sections. The coffee bar sits to the left when you walk in the door, and then there's a sunken living room adorned with everything from wooden sleds to an old telescope pointed toward Fifth Street. It's American Pickers meets West Elm.
"Everybody would say I have an eclectic design sense," Anderson says. "But I want people to feel comfortable and at home."
The coffee, poured by barista Travis Murphy, is from the Classic Rock Coffee Co. in Springfield, Missouri. The coffeehouse also has protein shakes (the same ones served at Gold's Gym) and smoothies. And last week, Anderson began serving house-made danishes and cinnamon rolls.
Anderson intends to open the Paleo Grill this month and a wine-and-cheese retail shop in the future. The Paleo Grill, a nod to the Paleo Diet, will have sloppy Joes, a Philly cheesesteak, gyros, pork tenderloins and burgers on the menu.
"We're excited to have customers come find us," Anderson says.
Classic Rock Coffee opens at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.