By Allison Givens
This year, many in the Georgetown community were disappointed when one of the Georgetown’s beloved coffee shops, Lock and Key, announced that they were closing their doors for the second time. Lock and Key has been a staple retreat for both students and professors to find quality coffee, good food and a relaxing atmosphere away from campus. When news spread that choices for coffee in Georgetown would be limited to The Mulberry and Starbucks, many were distraught. However, a sigh of relief can now be heard across Georgetown because Lock and Key will reopen on Sept. 30 with a new design and under new management.
Lock and Key is currently closed for remodeling, as the new management give it a fresh and new look that will complement its original charm. Lock and Key has been described by its patrons to have a very quaint and inviting atmosphere that they are planning on keeping. According to junior Danielle Ransdell, who will be working at Lock and Key after the reopening, “It’s a classic coffee shop with a modern twist that gives it an edgy feel, but at the same time will be homey.”
The new design may serve as the fresh start that the Main Street coffee shop needs to compete with the convenience of an on-campus coffee shop and the off-campus commercial coffee chain. Last year, the previous owners of Lock and Key closed their doors for remodeling, but this renovation is expected to breathe new life into the establishment. Lock and Key management hopes that these changes will set them apart from other local coffee shops while keeping their integrity and of course, their great coffee.
While the interior of Lock and Key is getting an update, the new management is planning on changing any of their food. However, the cafe will be adding additional food and drink options that promise to give student delicious and nutritious options for eating off campus while supporting Georgetown’s local economy. According to Georgetown College student Samantha Whitlock, “I think it’s a great to have a locally owned place to eat good home cooking. The fact that it is such a historical place adds character and a great story to go with tasty food.”
The “good home cooking” includes many options such as soups, wraps, sandwiches, shakes, smoothies and coffee. The reopening of the Lock and Key will not only give students more options for eating and studying, but will contribute to Georgetown’s local economy.