Apr 18, 2023 - Things to Do

HEX Coffee transforms into all-day cafe in Camp North End, serving food, coffee, wine and mocktails

HEX coffee

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HEX Coffee, Kitchen and Natural Wines opens today in Camp North End.

The coffee shop is now an all-day café and it is more than double the size of the original location, which is a few feet away.

The new 2,700-square-foot spot is across from Grow and near Free Range Bar, in Camp North End’s Mount district. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Why it matters: HEX Coffee started as a local pop-up in 2015 by three friends — Chandler Wrenn, Tanner Morita and John Michael Cord. Now, their coffee beans are sold online and brewed in cafes nationally and internationally.

  • “Charlotte is our home; Camp North End is our place, and this new location is truly the embodiment of everything we’ve worked for over the past seven years,” Wrenn said in a statement.
Every detail, from the chairs (from Spain), to the tapestry on the wall (from Japan) is personal to the owners and has a story behind it. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

What to expect: HEX will now serve wine, mocktails, breakfast and lunch in addition to coffee. “We put as much effort into our natural wine program as our coffee program,” Wrenn said.

  • The coffee bar and open cafe area fit about 40 people indoors. It also has additional outdoor seating.

“We wanted to create a space that’s worthy of a date night and can transition throughout the day,” Wrenn said.

This room, AKA the “Education room,” will be a multi-purpose space that can be rented out for private events. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The menu: HEX will not have your traditional café menu. It’ll have Japanese-inspired cuisine, an homage to co-owner Tanner Morita’s Japanese-Hawaiian upbringing. 

  • Some signature dishes include rice porridge with pork belly, a katsu sando made with pork and cabbage slaw on Hawaiian shokupan (Japanese milk bread); and spam musubi made with seared teriyaki spam, rice and nori.
  • Wine will be available by the glass and by the bottle.
The katsu sando ($14) — panko fried pork, Japanese mustard, cabbage slaw, Hawaiian shokupan, katsu sauce. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Of note: The menu was designed by chef Obediah Rysztak, formerly of VANA and Hex Coffee’s sister concept Stable Hand

“Most people aren’t expecting spectacular food from coffee shops but we’re trying to push boundaries and expand people’s mindset,” Rysztak said. 

The spam musubi ($8) — seared spam, teriyaki, nori and rice. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Details: HEX is now located at 201 Camp Road.

  • Its hours of operation are Tuesday-Sunday from 8am-3pm.

What’s next: Soon, hours will expand to 9pm with additional bar snacks on the menu.

  • The bar menu will have finger foods like karaage (marinated fried chicken) and malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts that are popular in Hawaii).
Yogurt and Nola ($9)— taro yogurt, cardamom granola, seasonal fuit, honey. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in February 2022. We updated it April 17, 2023.


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