RED LION, Pa. (WHTM) — A locally owned coffee company will soon debut its first ever brick-and-mortar coffee shop in York County.
The new Phat Cat Coffee Company is owned and operated by Brittany Mooney (President) and her husband, Bertram Mooney IV (Vice President). According to Brittany, she was born and raised in New Freedom, Pa., and moved to Pittsburgh about 10 years ago – she finally moved back home to the Midstate last year.
According to Brittany, the name ‘Phat Cat Coffee Company’ was named in honor of her chunky cat named Alice, who passed away about a year ago – Alice now lives on as the new company’s logo and mascot. The spelling of the word ‘Phat’ is meant to represent the acronym “Pretty Hot and Tempting.”
Though the Phat Cat Coffee Company will become her first brick-and-mortar business, Brittany is no stranger to working in a coffee shop, since she has been working in them for almost two decades.
“I have 17 years of experience working at Starbucks,” Brittany explained. “I worked as a manager, a barista, and everything else in between. I fell in love with coffee and over time my corporate job just became too corporate for me.”
The opportunity to open her first-ever coffee shop came about nine months ago when the owners of Sign of the Horse Brewery, where Brittany’s husband is an active ‘brewer,’ reached out about a vacant space next-door at 20 North Main Street.
According to Brittany, she and her husband acquired the space and have since been working on major renovations. It should be noted that previously the new space was occupied by a dress shop and a barber shop.
Here is a sneak peek of the new Phat Cat Coffee Company, as of June 2023:
Upon its grand opening, the new coffee shop will be capable of seating about 21 guests on the inside and 28 guests on the outside – their outside seating section features a fireplace.
According to Brittany, Phat Cat Coffee Company is partnered with the Lancaster County Coffee Roasters, which will provide their coffee blends and beans. Additionally, the Phat Cat Coffee Company is partnered with Rishi Tea and Shaw’s Orchard.
Currently, The Phat Cat Coffee Company is still looking for a local partnership to provide baked goods at the new storefront.
To date, the Phat Cat Coffee Company has created 7 new jobs and the owners plan on adding additional staff members once business picks up.
The Phat Cat Coffee Company’s hours of operation will be:
- Mondays – Fridays // 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturdays // 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Sundays // 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“I am really excited to meet this community,” Brittany said. “We have received a lot of support from the community in-person and on social media. I am just so excited to meet all the new customers!”
The Phat Cat Coffee Company’s grand opening is slated for Saturday, August 12.
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