Created: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:40:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:21:18 EST
DAVIDSON, N.C.--On tap, and by the bottle. Beer, coffee and wine are the staples at Summit Coffee in Davidson. It's been around for 15 years and now owner Tim Helfrich will open up shop at Davidson College. "I think from a cultural standpoint there is something we can provide on campus that will enhance student life and enhance the campus in a way," said Helfrich.
Helfrich plans to convert this house into a pub and coffee house in the Patterson Court area of Davidson's campus surrounded by fraternities and residence halls. It will open for morning coffee and close after offering late night drinks. Tom Shandley, the school's Dean of Students, approached
Summit Coffee about the idea two years ago. "Frankly, it's a way to have beer and wine on campus in a reasonable and responsible way," Shandley said.
For three decades, Davidson College has used a beer and wine license in it's student union for special events. With 80 percent of students studying abroad, school officials wanted a permanent venue to replicate the pub experience in foreign countries. "I think it will be fun and it will change up the social scene a little bit," said Davidson student Nyelle Barley.
And some students we talked to don't want anyone to worry about the availability of alcohol and the possibility of binge drinking. "I think the coffee will have more of an impact than the alcohol," said Davidson student Rachel Locke.
Summit Coffee is waiting on Mecklenburg County to approve a number of permits they hope to open later this fall.