Restaurants aim to open doors

Will Alsdorf

The building on 24th and Guadalupe streets that formerly housed Follett’s Intellectual Property bookstore will be home to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Noodles & Company this summer after construction is completed.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will probably open for business the third week of July, said Anita Howard, controller and marketing director for Lone Star Bean, which operates The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf franchises in Texas. The company collaborated with the other businesses sharing the space from the start to make better use of the building, Howard said.

“We’re doing things like having shared bathrooms to make it where we’re all not just operating independently, but approaching it as a team,” she said.

Howard said the cafe’s first floor corner location with an entrance on each street will offer convenience to students, as will accepting Bevo Bucks.

David Lovey, an electrician working at the site, said the heat has affected the speed of construction.

“It’s slowed us down quite a bit,” Lovey said. “The guys get tired faster and have to stop for water [more frequently].”