It is with a heavy heart and many tears that we must make the official announcement that
The Garage coffee shop will NOT be re-opening.

After weighing the effects of having to be closed in response to COVID-19, we had to make some very, very tough choices. And unfortunately, we can not continue.

We know this is a difficult decision to understand, but there are many factors involved in keeping The Garage alive, from supply chains and product costs, to licensing and overhead.

We spent 5 years working to get The Garage to where it was just beginning to become a stable, profitable business, not just self-sustaining, and we simply are not prepared, financially or emotionally, to start back over. And starting back over is what it would mean if we decided to try to open our doors when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

We are proud of what we built and thank each of every one of you who supported us and our vision along the way. We feel Fort Stockton is losing something special with the closure of The Garage, and we feel that loss in a way that just can’t be expressed in words.

We spent all of last week of watching, waiting, and weighing finances and projections, we had to make the decision on Sunday, April 19 to call it – The Garage coffee shop will not make it through COVID 19 and will be unable to open it’s doors, even if all restrictions were lifted tomorrow.

While the coffee shop isn’t opening, we are hoping to be able to at least put on the concerts we already have scheduled, IF gathering limitations are lifted, but even then we don’t know what the future of the venue is or how we will proceed.

It was an agonizing decision to make – all of the owners poured everything they had, not only financially, but emotionally and physically, into building The Garage up over the past 5 years, and know we are leaving not only a huge hole in our community, but in the tour plans of the many artists, managers, and support teams we have been honored to get to know over the years. More than anything, the feedback we received from artists has been the fuel that kept our passion for an all-ages venue in Fort Stockton alive.

From the very bottom of our hearts, thank you for an amazing 5 years and 7 months. We will miss seeing you each day and having the opportunity to make your day a bit brighter with a truly exceptional cup of coffee and a smile. We hope that if we are able to offer you events and concerts, that we get to see each and every single one of you again.

Keep rockin’…

Brian, Renee, Chrissi, Allie, & Bailey

11 Comments

  • I am so sad to hear this but understand. I just want to thank you all for bringing such a variety of live music to our small town. The Garage will truly be missed from the unique events that ya’ll held, the coffee shop drinks to the wonderful customer service that we got to experience each time we visited!

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  • Nooo! I’m so sad! Y’all had amizing coffee! Thank you though for y’all’s great service. It’s so hard to know we won’t have amazing coffee anymore . 😭

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  • Y’all made the best sugar free caramel white chocolate latte every morning. I will miss our short visits in the mornings.

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  • I’m from San Antonio but every time I went to Fort Stockton to visit my family I would stop and get me some of y’all coffee. I think The Grage would be a big hit here in San Antonio. I’m sad y’all will be closing.

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  • Terribly sad news. Thank you for yalls sacrifices to provide something special. Prayers!

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  • I’m so glad I got to visit it when I did with Brian’s Mom. I had been wanting to but couldn’t because I had my Mom that was 24hr care then when she passed away my health went down.. Till finally I said let’s just go i never feel good anymore.. Lol.. I’m so sorry that it had to come to this but knowing you guys, I know you did all you could… Wish things had been different for alot of folks! Alot of love, sweat and tears but this Virus isn’t over yet.. God Bless America..And The Garage💙

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  • My Arizona State roommate from decades ago Jeff (Phoenix) and I (Miami) were on a road trip thru west Texas in February 2018 – El Paso, Marathon, Terlingua, Ft Stockton, the border road, Valentine and Marfa.

    We found your special place after having lunch downtown in the cafe

    In the short time we spent at your place, we could feel the great vibe

    Sorry to see you go, this pandemic is knocking the life out of small business

    Hope you can return to business again and give it another shot when we finally get to the other side of this mess

    Stay West Texas strong!

    Joe D

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    • THANK YOU!! Hearing from our customers makes this difficult time a little easier. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your visit!

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  • Folks, I am so sorry to hear that your wonderful coffee shop closed. I’ve traveled through Fort Stockton many times, and always made it a point to visit for a coffee and hang out in the music room. What a great place for Fort Stockton, and how sad that it is no longer. I hope everybody’s well.

    Michael Y.

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    • Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a comment – it was a very difficult decision to make, and hearing from people about their experiences with us makes us happy for all the years we were able to be part of everyone’s lives. Luckily, all of our wonderful Coffee Mechanics have been healthy and safe, and that’s all we hoped for when we had to shut the doors. Thank you so very much for all of your visits in the past, and we hope your travels through Fort Stockton are safe!

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