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After 14 years in business, Beyu Caffe to close downtown Durham location

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After 14 years in business, Beyu Caffe will be closing its downtown Durham location next week, owner Dorian Bolden announced on social media Tuesday.

The last day of operation will be June 19.

“Downtown Durham has been our home and heart, but with changing dynamics such as high parking rates, ongoing construction, and the impact of remote work, we’ve seen a significant drop in activity that we can no longer sustain. Despite our best efforts and the incredible support from you all, it’s become clear that we can’t continue in this environment,” Bolden wrote on Facebook.

He said the decision wasn’t made lightly. “We’ve voiced our concerns alongside many other local businesses, but without urgent action to support downtown, we cannot continue to absorb the financial strain.”

While this will mark the end of the cafe at 341 W. Main St., Bolden wrote that the other locations will remain.

“We are not saying goodbye to the community we love. We will focus on our other locations and ventures, and we hope to find new ways to bring the joy of Beyu to you all,” Bolden wrote.

Beyu has locations at RDU International Airport, Boxyard RTP, Duke University’s Bryan Center and at Duke Law School. The company has also expanded into coffee with signature blends available for purchase online.

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