Inside Silverton's Colorful Proud Hound Coffee, a Local Roaster and Southern-Inspired Cafe

If you’re standing in the lobby of Proud Hound Coffee’s recently opened Silverton café and are reminded of Wes Anderson’s aesthetic, that’s intentional.  Co-founders Daniel Smith and David Holman are big fans of the film director. Similar to Anderson’s films, the brand’s distinctive color palette, geometric symmetry and minimal-but-playful atmosphere make it instantly recognizable.  Located in a 4,000-square-foot warehouse at 6717 Montgomery Road, the café officially opened on June 26 — a milestone the team has been chasing for years. Since launching in 2019, Proud Hound has been helping Cincinnatians get their caffeine fix via pop-ups with its coffee truck and cart, wholesale operations, events and collaborations. The flagship location, complete with a coffee bar and full-service kitchen, also houses its roasting facility, viewable by customers through large glass windows.  Customers can expect all the usual espresso-based beverages — cortados, cappuccinos, americanos, lattes and mochas — alongside cold brews, pour overs and drip coffees. Not into coffee? The café also slings teas, hot chocolate and more. You can even order a picturesque blue matcha. The kitchen, run by executive chef Kierstin Dudley, serves up Southern-centric breakfast and brunch with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and seasonal dishes.  From the Nashville-chicken-inspired Nashy ’Nati Chicken sandwich to a Brekkie Banh-Mi, Korean Street Toast and a Cincinnati Love Letter with goetta, there’s much to devour. In addition to gluten-free offerings, vegan and vegetarian options are also available.  Keep an eye out for the full feature by Mackenzie Manley this week.
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Exterior of Proud Hound Coffee (hi doggy!)
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Exterior of Proud Hound Coffee (hi doggy!)
Left dining space when walking through the front door
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Left dining space when walking through the front door
A spread of dishes and drinks from Proud Hound
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A spread of dishes and drinks from Proud Hound
The cafe's open kitchen and coffee bar
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The cafe's open kitchen and coffee bar
The cafe is wheelchair accessible
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The cafe is wheelchair accessible
A latte
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A latte
The front entry space
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The front entry space
Korean Street Toast ($7): Scrambled egg sandwich with shredded cabbage, scallion, shredded carrot, American cheese, vegan yum-yum sauce and gojuchang hot sauce on toasted white bread.
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Korean Street Toast ($7): Scrambled egg sandwich with shredded cabbage, scallion, shredded carrot, American cheese, vegan yum-yum sauce and gojuchang hot sauce on toasted white bread.
Dining space
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Dining space
Coffee bar
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Coffee bar