Downtown St. Louis has a new brunch destination. Latte Lounge + HG Eatery opened its doors in November, featuring a menu of brunch offerings and specialty beverages, such as split-cup drinks and a latte flight.
The concept comes from Nyshaun Harvey and her dad, Larry Green. Harvey opened the original location of Latte Lounge in November 2020 and also owns a childcare facility two doors down in Florissant, while Green owns his own construction company and events space, HG Events. When the 5,400-square-foot space next to his venue became available, the father-daughter duo combined forces to bring their first full-service restaurant to fruition.
Owner Nyshaun Harvey offers coffee, tea and snacks like donuts and French macarons.
“This was a dream for us, and watching people come in and enjoy our space and the vibe here has been really rewarding for our family. It’s a great feeling,” Harvey says.
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While the first location of Latte Lounge imparts an intimate neighborhood café vibe, the downtown location is nine times larger and was created with group gatherings in mind. The space features a modern interior with refurbished wood tables, booth and lounge seating, swings at the bar and even a game room with a pool table.
From the food menu, choose from entrées including Cajun shrimp and grits, as well as chicken and waffles made up of three mini Belgian waffles with chicken on a stick, all drizzled with Mike’s Hot Honey sauce. Additional highlights include avocado toast topped with strawberries, pomegranate seeds and hemp seeds.
To drink, choose from Kaldi’s Coffee-based specialty drinks such as the Owner’s Favorite – an oat milk-vanilla latte topped with cinnamon. For the indecisive or adventurous, a split cup is available, featuring two 12-ounce beverages side by side. A latte flight also gives guests the unique opportunity to try a sampler of five different flavors in one sitting: latte, turtle, caramel macchiato, cinnamon and white mocha.
Latte Lounge + HG Eatery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30am to 2pm.
Latte Lounge + HG Eatery, 2617 Washington Ave., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, llhgstl.com