Dorian Bolden, a 2002 Duke graduate and owner of downtown Durham's Beyu Caffè, will bring a special Blue Devil brand of Beyu to Duke's campus next month — Beyu Blue Coffee.
"Our name, pronounced 'be-you,' reflects our desire to provide a place where everyone feels comfortable just 'being you.' We want to be the ultimate community gathering space, and I believe coffee is a great starting point to bring people together," said Bolden.
"Duke is a beautiful and multicultural melting pot of people from all walks of life, and we want to welcome everyone," said Bolden. As an African-American small business owner, he hopes the entrepreneurial spirit of Beyu Blue Coffee and Beyu Caffe will inspire students from all backgrounds.
Beyu Blue Coffee's location, in Duke's Bryan Center, couldn't be better, according to Bolden. Not only is it a central spot on Duke's West Campus, it’s one with special personal meaning to Bolden. "The location is literally 25 feet away from where I met my wife [Duke alumna Taineisha Bolden T’04] on campus," said Bolden.
The Duke Dining team is also excited about this new venue, said Robert Coffey, executive director of dining. "Duke Dining is excited to be partnering with Dorian and Beyu Caffe," said Coffey. "I’ve been a huge fan of theirs since moving to Durham and believe the Duke community will be too. This is a particularly special project as we have two Duke alumni — Dorian, as well as architect Ted Van Dyk —coming back to campus." Van Dyk, a 1983 Duke graduate and founder of New City Design Group architectural firm, is designing both the interior and exterior façade of Beyu Blue Coffee.
The Beyu team plans to hold a grand opening celebration, and will host live music and other activities and events as the academic year kicks off. "My overall goal," said Bolden, "is for the students to help define this space as their community spot for great coffee that fosters great and even constructive social interaction."
"It's equally rewarding and a privilege to be back on campus," said Bolden. "The joy has been the journey over the past 9 years operating Beyu Caffè and building an organization with an amazing team of individuals. Being able to come back and show love to my alma mater expanding Beyu is priceless."