Homemade and Downtown

Coffee has a new home downtown, and the newest addition—The Beat coffeehouse—comes courtesy of the first couple of Fremont East, Downtown Cocktail Room owners Michael and Jennifer Cornthwaite.

Business has been steady since the cafe opened May 24. “With no advertisements, with no signs out front, we’ve been busy,” Jennifer Cornthwaite says.

From coffee to bread, the aim of The Beat is to keep things as local as possible. The café serves Boulder City-based Colorado River Coffee Roasters espresso roast and Sumatra blend coffees ($2-$3), fresh-baked croissants, muffins and pastries, and a limited menu that includes quiche, sandwiches ($4-$7) and a daily special.

Guy Savoy (and before that, Daniel NYC) alum Andy Knudson is in the kitchen, back in Las Vegas following a brief tenure at Michael Mina in San Francisco.

The Beat offers free Wi-Fi and has seating for 30, including seven chairs at the lunch counter—and more seats will be added once the café goes al fresco. Beer and wine are also on the horizon, as are live entertainment and open-mike nights.

The coffee shop joins 19 other tenants in the Emergency Arts initiative, which is owned by the El Cortez (and houses the El Cortez offices, on the third floor of the building). Jennifer Cornthwaite, who writes a monthly style column for Vegas Seven, closed her art gallery, Henri & Odette, at 6th Street and Carson Avenue in December to focus on The Beat, but says the gallery will re-open next month in the same building as the coffee shop.