It started with the love Yuzo Kono and Annie Bailey Cheng have for coffee and the unique places that serve it—and then, a trip to Universal Studios Orlando. “We experienced the whole Wizarding World of Harry Potter and thought, what if we could bring this dark coziness back to Vegas and match it with coffee?” Kono says.
Fuse that with their desire for a non-gaming, alcohol-free place to socialize near their Henderson home, and the idea of Bad Owl Coffee (a reference to Harry’s owl, Hedwig) was born. The java joint, which officially opened last Saturday and uses beans from Boulder City’s Colorado River Coffee Roaster, includes several nods to the literary/film franchise: gray and wooden decor, signs for Hogwarts Express’ secret Platform 9 3/4, a caged owl sitting atop a luggage cart, and lattes called Butterbeer—which, likely for legal reasons, isn’t even on the printed menu—and Lavender, their creation essentially turning the two Potterheads into brewing wizards. Says Kono: “Yes, we were creating potions!”
Bad Owl Coffee Daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. 10575 S. Eastern Ave. #160, 702-483-3331.