Las Vegas’ independent coffee shop culture has been growing, and Grouchy John’s is a great example of that. Grouchy John’s began as a mobile coffee truck. In late 2011, namesake owner John Ynigues opened up a brick-and-mortar location in Henderson, complete with a drive-thru, and Grouchy John’s was promptly voted Best New Coffee Shop in 2012 by Las Vegas WEEKLY.
Like many of these independent shops, Grouchy John’s firmly believes in community partnerships. So, the coffee is brewed with beans from Colorado River Coffee Roasters in Boulder City, and pastries come from neighborhood bakeries. The idea is to support good people and local businesses so the money stays in the community. That’s one of the primary reasons I like to work in these places.
Of course, ambiance is just as important as what’s in the cup, and Grouchy John’s is definitely a creative gathering space. It’s very homey. Games and books are available for your entertainment. If you need to pick up a gift with your latte, Grouchy John’s has pieces from local artists on the walls that are available for purchase. If you’re a social media passionista, following Grouchy John’s on Facebook or Twitter will make you privvy to specials and give you glimpses of shenanigans going on at the store.
Those wanting to use the free Wi-Fi can plant themselves at a high countertop by the window or at one of the small tables. Those looking for conversation can relax on leather couches. Grouchy John’s an excellent place to get away from the chain experience and give your hard-earned dollars to a locally owned neighborhood shop.