Lux Coffee Bar to Open Monday with a New Name (Kinda), New Hours, Cocktails, and Meatloaf Like Mom's

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Kholood Eid
Jeff Fischer, owner of Lux Coffeebar in Central Phoenix, tells me a question he asked Chris Bianco a while back.

"I asked him why he started his pizzeria," Fischer says. "He said, 'I did it because I knew if I liked it, other people would like it, too.'"

That thinking inspired Fischer as he embarked on a new concept for his popular neighborhood coffee house. With a desire for more space and some new ideas, Fischer bought the former clothing store just south of the original location late last year and went to work on a new vision.

A vision that, Fischer tells me, "combines the comforts of home with a few things people might have never seen."

Fischer says the new space has an atmosphere of home and community.

"The steel box windows have sills, so there's a feeling of looking out into the backyard while mom makes dinner."

Along with intimate lighting, exposed brick, and rich woods, there's also a vintage Olivetti typewriter (Fischer collects them) to add a bit of nostalgia.

"It's like a grown up version of Lux," Fischer tells me. "I don't know if I set out to do anything else but make people feel at home."

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Kholood Eid
​Fischer tells me the new Lux Coffee Bar, now called Lux Central, will continue its DJ'd music and promotion of local artists (Mexican/Kickapoo painter and sculptor Hector Ruiz is helping to curate the new space) in addition to serving up caffeinated concoctions courtesy of new equipment including a La Marzocco handmade espresso machine. Fischer tells me the hours will be expanded to 6 a.m. to midnight every day with a possibility of staying open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

One of the biggest differences will be one Fischer's quite comfortable with.

"We'll be bringing in a solid wine list, a unique beer selection, and hand-crafted cocktails," Fischer says. "I used to be a barkeep at T. Cook's, so this is my area of expertise."

Lux Central will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Fischer says, and when it comes to food, the menu will be small and fluid, with comfort dishes like meatloaf, potatoes au gratin, tapioca pudding, cheeseburgers, and Spanish-style tapas. And until the kitchen is officially complete at Lux Central, the facilities at the old space will be used instead.

And although Lux Central isn't much of a name change, we should be grateful Fischer decided against using his first idea.

"I wanted to call the place, 'Bread Meat Wine Water Spirits Always Meet Here Home,' but I didn't know how I would fit the name on the door."

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4402 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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Mark
Mark

I like Lux Coffee because they have nice dishes, and they let me bring my dog in with me so I could get my coffee. Everything always looks good. Brioche !!! Yall never have enough Brioche, and I always miss it.. I like Lux mostly because of the their Americana Coffee.It reminds me of living in Austin Texas.

User952228
User952228

I really enjoy Lux, however the last two times I was there, the last time being 1-20, the music was way too loud. There was a DJ playing a nice mix but I had to leave earlier than planned due to getting a headache. My friend and I would have stayed and spent more money if it weren't for the noise level. 

Evey Bendalin
Evey Bendalin

I stopped by the new Lux Coffee this Saturday and was so impressed with 'everything' - food, ambiance, creative usage of space.  What I was really impressed with is Katie Calahan's food and commitment to running the 'kitchen'.  I can't wait to go back and have another piece of quiche,  Evey Bendalin

harry
harry

I've always liked Lux - great coffee and pastries - so I expected the same kind of environment and quality at Lux Central. But the mismatched and uncomfortable seating, high noise level and unremarkable food disappointed me. Mac & cheese was served without ketchup, salt, pepper; the salad seemed to be "straight out of a bag" with a pile of cranberries hidden beneath the greens. But it was crowded, and lots of people seemed to be enjoying their martinis and other dishes, so maybe I missed something?

Star
Star

that's interesting. i remember the old owner (daniel) being rather the a$$-hole type as well. 

FormerClient
FormerClient

I have always been a huge fan of Lux and always supported it. Unfortunately, I had to change my opinion of it when i saw how Jeff treats his employees and unprofessionally talk to them (often in fron of all the guests at the store). 

He is a huge asshole and, although i liked Lux and his coffee i found myself reconsidering going there.  When it comes to small businesses where the owners are fully active and on site, their attitudes and ways of acting is as important as the actual products they are selling.  I haven't been to LUX since i saw him smacking his hand on a table and yelling at one of his employees in front of the full room. No matter who is right or wrong, you DO NOT act like that (besides making him look like crazy...) I wish him all the luck. He will need it with that attitude of his. 

Dscanz
Dscanz

You are so right.  I could not believe the "dressing down" Jeff gave to an employee for anyone around to hear.  So not cool & so unprofessional!  Part of what makes a business successful is the attitude of the people that work & serve it's customers.  If  there is tension & disrespect, it is translated to the customers in their mannerisms & the service.  Unfortunately, many people need the job and don't have the luxury of telling the a-hole to take the job and shove it!  I haven't been back yet, as it was out of my way, but may give it another chance down the road.

flacobo
flacobo

As a off an on regular, I have to ask, why do I see employees sticking around?  It's a coffee shop, not a career exactly.  So if the tyranny existed as you say, it would be a revolving door.

Guest
Guest

Don't know how often you visit, but I actually haven't seen almost any of the usual faces there for the last few weeks. It seems like a whole new batch of people every time I go in.  

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