Hallelujah to Ascension Coffee opening in former East Dallas chapel
Coffee is brewing on the east side of Dallas with the arrival of Ascension Coffee, which is opening at 9353 Garland Rd. on Saturday, February 18.
Ascension is the local chain with seven locations across DFW. This location is the one going into the former historic White Rock Community chapel, which was saved by residents and now has been restored.
Ascension debuted in the Design District in 2012, serving coffee, wine, and a menu of food all day. President Bill Schaffler says in a statement that opening in this area on the east side of town has been on their wish list.
“As we have thoughtfully developed Ascension’s growth plan, the White Rock area has always been a top-of-mind location,” Schaffler says. "We have experienced a wonderful reception from community members as we have prepared this unique location; we are thrilled to now officially be a part of the White Rock neighborhood."
A press release notes that the chapel-turned-communal-café makes great use of the churchy features, including vaulted ceilings and arched windows, with "pew-like booth seating" throughout. Praise to the press release writer!
The location also has ornate chandeliers, outdoor seating with covered umbrellas, fire pits, cushioned couches, and lush landscaping. Hallelujah!
Coffee beans: They roast their own beans in an operation is led by managing director Jessica Keenan, and go for not only excellent coffee but also prioritize sourcing from women-led farms.
Food: The menu is created by executive chef and director of culinary Jason Connelly, who was previously executive chef at the Adolphus Hotel, and includes All-Day Brekky options, Craft Sammies, and Salads + Bowls.
Hours: Along with the coffee and food, Ascension serves craft cocktails, wine, and beer specials and shareable snacks, making them an enviable hangout not just early in the day but later in the day as well, with hours on Wednesdays-Saturdays until 9 pm. Sunday-Tuesday they're open until 6 pm.