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Now open! Public Espresso + Coffee adds some new flavor to Hotel Lafayette

Public Espresso + Coffee began in 2013 when owners Sam Scarcello and James Rayburg wanted to bring a different style of coffee experience
to Buffalo. They started small, selling their product at farmer’s markets and special events. In November of 2013, they set up shop in
the posh lobby of the Hotel Lafayette downtown.

Their quaint operation welcomed guests, residents, and visitors alike into the building with
a strong aroma of java. They’ve now expanded into a much larger space, located at the corner of Washington St. and Clinton St., diagonal from
Lafayette Square.

“Getting this corner space, in my mind, really helps activate the hotel.” said James Rayburg, co-owner of Public. “People can see us now, instead of just walking into the lobby. We have a ton of space
which means that we can be pretty flexible with things, but it also allows us to increase our services for folks. We’ve got a full kitchen and currently we’re doing breakfast all day.”

In 2015, Public was awarded Buffalo’s Best Coffee by Artvoice and Best New Hotspot by Buffalo Spree Magazine. Every coffee beverage they sell
is made with a bean that Public has roasted, by them, at their own

“In addition to expanding into the new space, we also moved our roastery and we are in the process of moving our entire operation to the lower level of the Hotel Lafayette,” Rayburg Added. “We have our entire team in one place, which we believe will help elevate the coffee experience and allows to get better at the things we do.”

Public plans to offer lunch soon, with small plates, and increase their hours of operation. They are currently open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information about Public Espresso + Coffee, please visit

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