King co-owns the cafe with his wife Adrienne Warren, whom he says is the tea expert. Himself a poet, the two sought to combine their interests.
“I wanted to blend both of those worlds,” said King noting the venue serves as a space for his colleagues and the community.
The cafe offers 20 varieties of tea, a selection the owners plan to double this week. They hope to eventually offer over 100 choices of tea.
The cafe hosts several recurring events each week (schedule in photo below). From spoken word to comedy, the space is intertwined with the arts, not to mention the mural which spans several rooms of the shotgun.
King said turnout for nightly events can pack the back room. They’ve already considered knocking down the dividing wall to create more space, but he doesn’t want to compromise the mural.
Special Tea Cafe opened in early January this year. The cafe occupies one side of a double shotgun, at 4337 Banks St. They serve tea, coffee and pastries, along with wraps and salads. Overall, everything is off to a good start, King said.
“The neighborhood has been great and the poetry community has been supportive,” said King.