Last year he rappelled down a hotel in downtown Austin to bring attention to the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, and tomorrow chef Philip Speer will open My Name is Joe, a coffee and breakfast food trailer that works to benefit the same mission.
The trailer, located at 501 Colorado St., is a joint project between Speer, the former culinary director at Uchi and William Ball, owner of downtown’s Garage Cocktail Bar. Ball and Speer, who have both battled drug and alcohol addiction, will give 1.2 percent of sales from My Name Is Joe to the Comfort Café, a 100 percent donation-based restaurant located in Smithville. The café wholly funds and employs residents at Serenity Star Recovery, the nonprofit addiction-treatment center that operates the café. In addition to those donations, My Name is Joe is also making a concerted effort to hire employees who are in recovery.
The new operation will serve coffee from a program designed by consultant Tyler Wells, formerly of Progress Coffee and Frank, and founder of Los Angeles-based Nice Coffee, with a drink menu that includes cappuccinos, lattes, house-made cold brew and nitro cold brew, drip coffee and more, all made with beans from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters in Vancouver.
The food menu from Speer, who will soon open the restaurant Bonhomie in North Austin, includes almond-butter toast with apple jam and miso butterscotch; brown rice porridge served with a soft poached egg, scallions, house-made kimchee and bulgogi tofu; steel-cut oats served with a savory tomato sauce, a poached egg, queso fresco, black beans and avocado; house-made granola with cultured yogurt; and more.
My Name Is Joe is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.