About

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Dorian Bolden

Owner of Beyu Caffe, Dorian Bolden

Our Business

Beyù Caffè (pronounced be-you) is a combination of four business models in downtown Durham, NC – coffee shop, restaurant, bar, and live jazz club – successfully wrapped into one unique business venture. Our restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts in addition to a special brunch menu on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Our specialty coffee and espresso drinks range from locally roasted coffee and traditional coffee beverages (i.e. lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, etc.) to both signature coffee drinks and coffee cocktails (i.e. Oprah Mocha, Caramello Macchiato, Irish Coffee, etc.). We also offer non-coffee beverages such as herbal teas, chai lattes, and bottled sodas.

Beyù Caffè offers a full bar ranging from bottled wines, craft beers on draft, and quality cocktails and martinis. We offer premium live jazz supporting both local artists and students, while also bringing in national recording artists. We have had the privilege of having several notable artists grace the Beyu stage ranging from Grammy award winners Branford Marsalis and Roy Hargrove, to Grammy nominated and national recording artists, Dionne Farris, Carolyn Malachi, Nnenna Freelon, John Brown, and Cyrus Chestnut.

(Beyu Caffe featured on UNC-TV’s NC Weekend)

Notable Awards

Beyù Caffè has been fortunate to win numerous awards in addition to being recognized for several accomplishments.

  • 2009 – 2010 Retail Business of the Year by Downtown Durham Inc.
  • 2011 & 2012 Best Place to Hear Jazz in the Triangle by the Independent Weekly
  • 2011 Top Restaurant Project by the Triangle Business Journal
  • 2011 Emerging Business Award by the NC Institute of Minority Economic Development
  • 2011 – 2012 Featured Company in the Small Business and Technology Development Center’s Annual Report for Chapel Hill and Durham
  • 2010 – 2011 Featured Company in the Triangle Business Journal’s Project Survival Series
  • Featured on NBC-17′s My Carolina Today (2011)
  • Featured on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Weekend (2013)
  • Featured over 25 times as a story in various publications including The Herald Sun, The News & Observer, Duke University’s The Chronicle, Durham Magazine, The Triangle Business Journal, and several online blogs
  • 2010 Best Dessert by the Bull City Vegan Challenge (Vegan Chocolate Mousse)
  • 2010 Best Appetizer Runner-up by the Bull City Vegan Challenge (Mixed Grill Napoleons)

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