Black Dog Cafe Marks 20 Years at Lake Ella

Nov 6, 2017

A number of local Tallahassee businesses have been marking anniversaries lately. A few weeks ago, Cabo's Bar and Grille celebrated 3 decades of existence. This weekend a popular Capital City coffee house was celebrating 2 decades of serving a large and enthusiastic customer base.

The outside deck area of the Black Dog Cafe at Lake Ella.
Credit Tom Flanigan

Black Dog Cafe founder and owner Carla Reid never expected her little side business to last anywhere near that long.

"It was a 3-year plan," she remarked during the shop's anniversary party at the Lake Ella American Legion Hall. Her coffee shop is actually in the same building. "I opened it when I was pregnant with my son. I was going to have a baby boy, write my dissertation and become a professor."

Today Dr. Reid is a professor at Florida State University, but her little coffee shop at Lake Ella was so successful Reid opened a second location in Railroad Square. Local photographer and man-about-town Larry Coltharp was among the Black Dog fans celebrating on Saturday.

"I'm here quite a bit for events and it's just a great place," he said. "And I'm glad that they've been here 20 years and I wish them 20 more!"