Cafe & Covid-19

Update 4/5/21

As it's warming up we wanted to drop a quick update on our policies regarding COVID-19.  Not much has changed over the last few months for us, but we figured it's worth reiterating where we're at and where we're going. 

We are still offering pre-orders, curbside pick up, and in-person ordering at the counter. Please wear a mask at all times while inside. If you're unable to, or forgot one, please order through online and we're happy to run your order out to you. 

Our patio is open and we're going to be adding more seats to our outside dining area over the next few weeks.  We want to provide as much capacity as possible while still allowing amble space to spread out.  Per the state regulations, we ask that you sign in at the counter before you take a seat. One person per party is fine.  

Inside dining is going to remain off limits.  We know that we could technically allow a few folks to sit inside, BUT given the need for social distancing for all our patrons, we don't have the space to allow indoor seating and  ordering. Instead of cramming 3-4 people into the corners while allowing a handful of people to wait in line to order, we just think it's better for all of us to keep the indoor dining closed for now.

As the summer kicks off and (hopefully) things start going back to a little more normal, we will revisit our indoor dining policy.  Thanks for being patient, for being supportive, and for being part of our community that has kept us chugging along these last many months. 

We look forward to seeing you. Be well, Team Borealis.


Update 9/14/20

You’re the reason we keep on roasting and we’re forever grateful! Thank you for your patience as we continue to take measures to keep our community safe. With Rhode Islanders doing such a good job to keep our numbers low, we’re ready to open up a little more of the cafe. 

Here’s what’s happening:

New hours! Starting Monday, September 14, we’re open at 6 AM Monday - Friday. We see you early bird, be sure to stop by and see us as you head into work.

Greater occupancy! We don’t want to leave you out in the cold while you wait for your hot coffee. While your visit is short, our team is behind the counter all day. You’ll see plexiglass barriers at our counter, just like the supermarket. And, keep your eyes peeled for new signage to maintain social distancing. 

Our Patio is Open! Yea, we know... summer is almost over. We’ve paid the price a little by keeping it closed all summer, but it was always with the intention of maintaining safety. But, we’ve heard you and we’re opening for the upcoming crisp, yet warm fall days with some compromises.

The only access to the patio will be through the cafe. 

We’re REQUIRED by the state to do contact tracing if you choose to sit on the patio. At least one person in each party will need to leave their name and phone number. If you want to sit on the patio, please check in with our staff when you order. We’ll hold onto the info for a few weeks - safely behind our counter - then shred it. If you'd prefer not to give your information, there are benches outside along the bike path.

We’re removing our bike path take out counter. But, you can still pop in that door to order at the counter. This will help us manage our orders better. And you know the drill, if you come in you’re required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Pre-orders are still available! We'd love to take your order in person, but can still order ahead if you prefer. Look for our grab-and-go pick up line when you come for your coffee. If you’re unable or unwilling to wear a mask, please pre-order and select Curbside Pick Up during check out. We’re happy to run your order out to you. 

We want to open at full capacity ASAP, but slow and steady wins the race. Thanks for sticking with us! We look forward to the day when we can rip off our masks and say, “This hibernation was a real bear!”



We're located at 250 Bullocks Point Ave, RIverside RI 02915

We roast, bag, ship, and serve our coffee all from the small footprint of the old Riverside train depot. While coffee is our primary focus, we also offer a small selection of baked goods from local vendors, available while they last.  

Looking to buy a gift card?  Plastic gift cards are available in store, or buy an e-giftcard!