JT’s Java Hut is scheduled for a Nov. 17 opening in space 108 of the shopping center, located between Golf USA and Rue 21.


When Tricia Wells and her husband, John, first looked at opening an establishment at Chisholm Trail Center — Outlet & Retail Shops, they had a coffee shop in mind. But then an opportunity to own Sports Grill & Bar presented itself instead.

Now, two years later, Tricia Wells is getting her coffee shop.

JT’s Java Hut is scheduled for a Nov. 17 opening in space 108 of the shopping center, located between Golf USA and Rue 21. That’s just two doors down from the Sports Grill & Bar, which the two Wells will continue to own.

Tricia Wells is relying on her experience as district manager for Moka’s to help create a successful second business. Wells just recently resigned after running Moka’s for six years. However, she said the coffeeshop will be “as different from downtown as possible.”

Wells said she looks forward to being able to do things her way.

“I’m really excited to have my own coffee shop to do what I want with,” she said.

The hut will feature a tropical theme, complete with bamboo furniture, tiki masks and the works. Wells said she will have incense and oil sets to sell.

Another feature will be an “artist corner” display of local art, including John Wells’ work. The coffeeshop may also do live entertainment occasionally.

As for the coffee part of the shop, Wells said they will have a full espresso menu, as well as frozen and iced drinks. The lunch and dinner menu will feature soups and sandwiches, and the hut also will serve crepes, quiches, scones cakes and specialty cheesecakes. Wells plans on doing the baking herself and said most of it will be done in the Sports Grill & Bar facility — just one advantage Wells sees in having the two establishments close by.

“I couldn’t have it any better than to have my two businesses right together so I can be as involved as I want to be with both.”

Wells loves the Chisholm Trail Center environment and said the owners “want to see you succeed out here.” She said the location should serve the coffee shop well, especially given its proximity to the Interstate and its south side locale.

“The more the south end grows, the better we’ll do,” she said, noting the Sports Grill & Bar “has done great out here.”

Anticipated hours for JT’s Java Hut will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Wells said they are trying to catch people on their way to work, as well as catch the after-movie crowds from the Chisholm Trail 8 Theatre.

Wells said the hours are subject to change after they’re open as they figure out when people are coming in.

Wells said the hardest part of opening the new business is the waiting game.

“The hardest part is the anticipation of it, not actually being in there,” she said.