Correction: A previous variation of this story gave the incorrect year The Hive taproom opened. The story has been corrected.

In 2019, Eric Kinlaw was frustrated. When the pandemic struck in 2020, he was not experience any improved. 

“It was a dark evening of the soul,” the operator of The Bee’s Knees cafe mentioned. “Realized some matters about myself. Did some serious soul exploring and assumed about what I seriously wished to do, ’cause it can be entirely in my control. I possess this making, I can variety of do what I want. So, I was like ‘What do I really want to do?'”

Kinlaw was not satisfied contributing to foodstuff squander and the sale of meat, as he was carrying out with his restaurant. Now he is much happier having reimagined both of those The Bee’s Knees and its neighboring taproom The Hive in downtown Augusta. After a prolonged closure during the pandemic, both corporations have reopened with some new merchandise and expert services.

The Bee's Knees in downtown Augusta works with six different roasters, allowing the business to serve a wide range of coffee. Owner Eric Kinlaw said they intend to cycle through the blends to see what works and what doesn't.

The Bee’s Knees seating has been condensed, and what was an outdated restaurant is now a contemporary coffee store and bakery. Shelves of boutique coffees and teas line the partitions, a significant espresso machine sits guiding the bar, and beverages are becoming produced with a variety of blends from 6 unique roasters throughout Georgia, two from Athens and 4 from Atlanta. As for the bakery, pastries will be handmade each working day with ingredients from region farmers, and all of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian.