Grit Coffee

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Grit Coffee is a local chain of six coffee shops founded by Brandon Wooten, Brad Uhl, and Dan Fitzhenry in 2014. It was created through the purchase and rebranding of Para Coffee on Elliewood Avenue, Café Cubano on the Downtown Mall, and Trailside Coffee in Old Trail Village.[1] [2]

The owners originally took over Para Coffee from Eric Kelley in 2013.[3] A Stonefield location opened in December 2016.[4] Grit launched its own roastery in February 2018.[3]


In 2020, Grit Coffee received $50,000 as part of the Albemarle County Lift Grants program to assist businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 Emergency. [5]

During the pandemic, they kept operations open for pick-up and curbside at all but one of their stores. The store on Elliewood Avenue opened back up just before the University of Virginia began in-person instruction. [6]


  1. Web. Trailside Coffee Becomes Grit Café, Michael Marshall, Crozet Gazette, Crozet Gazette, December 5, 2014, retrieved 2019-01-26.
  2. Web. FOUNDERS OF GRIT COFFEE ARE THEMSELVES A STRONG AND UNIQUE BLEND, Whitelaw Reid, News Article, UVA Today, January 11, retrieved January 12, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Web. Grit Coffee Gets Gutsy with New Charlottesville Roastery, Daily Coffee News by roast Magazine, November 16, 2018, retrieved 2019-01-26.
  4. Web. Grit coffee settles into Stonefield; Snowing in Space to open storefront, Dave Cantor, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 7, 2016, retrieved 2019-01-26.
  5. Web. Albemarle County Announces Lift Grant Recipients, Press Release, Albemarle County, August 27, 2020, retrieved September 9, 2020.
  6. Print: August 31, 2020: UVA moves forward with reopening; Live Arts Forges Ahead with new season, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Community Engagement, Town Crier Productions.

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