Beyu Caffe in down­town Durham drop­ping live mu­sic

The News & Observer - - Triangle & N.c. - BY DAWN BAUM­GART­NER VAUGHAN dvaughan@new­sob­ Dawn Baum­gart­ner Vaughan: 919- 419- 6563, @dawn­bvaughan

Beyu Caffe, a pop­u­lar down­town Durham cof­fee shop, restau­rant and jazz spot, will drop the jazz later this year – and all con­certs.

In an an­nounce­ment Mon­day evening, Beyu Caffe owner Do­rian Bolden said he wres­tled with the de­ci­sion to dis­con­tinue live mu­sic. He re­cently opened a new cof­fee shop, Beyu Blue, on the Duke Univer­sity cam­pus.

“The heavy de­mand of run­ning a grow­ing cof­fee shop, restau­rant, bar and live mu­sic venue un­der the same roof was sim­ply tak­ing a toll on me and my fam­ily,” Bolden said.

Beyu Caffe opened about a decade ago at Five Points in down­town Dur- ham. It is one of a small num­ber of African-Amer­i­can-owned busi­nesses down­town. A few years ago it moved to a big­ger lo­ca­tion a few doors down on Main Street, still at Five Points. It is a pop­u­lar place to eat, meet up and get cof­fee dur­ing the day, and it draws crowds for its mu­si­cal per­for­mances at night.

Shana Smith of Beyu Caffe said the shop is re­turn­ing to its roots, which has “al­ways been at the heart and soul of the busi­ness.” Beyu is pro­nounced “be you” be­cause Bolden wanted the cof­fee shop to be a place peo­ple can be them­selves.

“Re­cently, I fi­nally gave my­self per­mis­sion to ask my­self, ‘What am I most pas­sion­ate about? What do I en­joy the most?’ After the open­ing of Beyu Blue at Duke Univer­sity, where I found my­self back on the espresso ma­chine mak­ing cof­fee, I was taken back to the cold day in De­cem­ber when I first opened Beyu Caffe. By com­ing full cir­cle, I sud­denly had the clar­ity of what I needed to fo­cus on,” Bolden wrote.

Bolden said he cre­ated Beyu Caffe in Durham, after a ca­reer on Wall Street, to be “the ul­ti­mate com­mu­nity gather­ing space.”

There’s still time to see a show or two at Beyu down­town.

Beyu’s last live mu­sic per­for­mance will be on Dec. 31 for its “What the Funk” New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion. The Tre King band will per­form.

Beyu Caffe is also plan­ning a farewell cel­e­bra­tion for artists and guests. Then in Jan­uary, Beyu Caffe will fo­cus on cof­fee, day­time food, oc­ca­sional com­mu­nity-fo­cused events like talks and read­ings, and pri­vate events, Smith said.

Cour­tesy of Beyu Caffe

Do­rian Bolden opened Beyu Caffe in 2009, after work­ing on Wall Street for sev­eral years. He plans to open Beyu Blue on Duke Univer­sity’s cam­pus.

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