Writer Barb Evans
Life for Cave Creek resident Jon Oughterson has come full circle. At one time, he was taking orders as a barista and bartender for the former Cave Creek Coffee Company, located on Cave Creek Road. Now, he’s giving the orders as the owner of his own coffee shop, located in the same spot as his former employer.
Jon and his wife, Lauren, opened Local Jonny’s, a coffee shop, bar and restaurant, last October. Although it occupies the same space as the former Cave Creek Coffee Company, which closed two years ago, it isn’t the same place with just a new name. Taking a fresh spin on an iconic bike shop in Texas named Mellow Johnny’s, Jon, who grew up in Cave Creek, teamed up with his high school friend, Kaolin Cummens, owner of Flat Tire Bike Shop, to share the space and give it a new purpose.
“I could see it right away,” says Jon. “We could have a bike theme, with retail on this side and seating on the other. It was exciting; I said, ‘We have to...