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Need some midnight espresso? New 24-hour coffee hut opens in Anchorage

Boom! Coffee barista Emilee Minsky and manager Meghan Woody on opening day. They say the new...
Boom! Coffee barista Emilee Minsky and manager Meghan Woody on opening day. They say the new coffee hut is the first to operate 24-hours a day, seven days per week, in Anchorage. Photo by Paula Dobbyn/KTUU. (KTUU)
Published: Sep. 14, 2016 at 2:52 PM AKDT
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Anchorage is already one of the country’s most caffeinated cities with a booming number of drive-through coffee huts, according to Visit Anchorage. But until Wednesday, it lacked a coffee drive-through that operates 24-hours a day.

That’s changed with the grand opening of Boom! Coffee, Anchorage’s newest java spot. Tucked into a busy corner of Arctic Boulevard and West International Airport Road, Boom! Coffee offers the usual assortment of espresso drinks, frappes, Red Bull smoothies and snacks.

But unlike other shops that generally close in the early evening, Boom! Coffee plans to crank out drinks night and day, seven days a week.

“This is the third-busiest intersection in Anchorage,” said manager Meghan Woody. “We expect to serve lots of people heading to and from the airport.”

Pat Kinnebrew, who co-owns the business, said he expects the coffee hut to also be popular with cabbies, police, and others who work night shifts.

Seven women have been hired to cover the dayside hours. Two men -- a former Marine and a former Thursday Night at the Fights boxer – are scheduled to work the graveyard shifts, Woody said.

The coffee hut is outfitted with surveillance equipment.