Feed Your Soul: Parish Press and Utility Brewing

A hand crafted pizza from Utility Brewing and a specialty coffee from Parish Press in Ruston, La.
A hand crafted pizza from Utility Brewing and a specialty coffee from Parish Press in Ruston, La.(KNOE)
Published: Jun. 12, 2019 at 5:40 PM CDT
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Daniel Allen couldn’t believe his eyes when the sun came up on April 25th 2019. His Ruston coffee shop called Parish Press was a pile of rubble.

“The following days the community came together so much because of the community it’s turned around from something that could be completely devastating to instead we’ve made new friends. Our friends at Utility have let us into their home,” said Allen.

Just a few miles away, in downtown Ruston, Utility Brewing was unscathed.

“We don’t have much space but we have a little bit of space but what we do have if you guys can make that work,” said Cassidy Keim, co-owner of Utility Brewing.

“Down the grapevine Utility found out we were looking and they said hey, you know we don’t open til 11:00 and all morning when getting our rush. Why don’t you come in here and stay? It just melted my heart,” said Allen.

They’re allowing Parish Press to serve up lattes, cappuccinos, and cortadoes. A cortado? Not sure I’ve ever had one of those. But thanks to Daniel, I did today.

“It’s a rich creaminess and smoothness to this even though it’s a very bold coffee. I don’t know if I’ll sleep well tonight but I’m going to enjoy this minute right now,” said Tammi Arender.

So this craft beer establishment is using all the tools of the trade making their specialties. Giving locals a chance to come in and grab a hand tossed pizza with house made mozzarella from a wood fired oven and chase it down with a cold or hot brew. All served with a side of conversation.

“We don’t have TV’s on the wall on purpose. We want this to be an intentional place to have a meeting or hang out with the family and talk,” said Keim.

“We’re kind of like a destination, not just a place to get coffee.”

Parish Press hopes to be back up and running in their original location by the end of the summer.

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