The No. 1 coffee house in the nation, Palace Coffee Co., has been living up to its slogan, “Be kind. Serve great coffee,” since July 1, 2011. Upon opening Palace, co-owners Patrick and Krystal Burns set out to show you don’t have to be on the East or West coasts to serve great coffee; it can be done right in the Texas Panhandle. After opening their first location on the square in Canyon, the Burns’ Palace became a big hit for people of all ages. From babies to people in their 70s, everyone has found something to love. The coffee shop’s welcoming, down-to-earth urban atmosphere, kind baristas, wonderful coffee and good music make for a great place to catch up with friends and enjoy an afternoon. The Canyon store also has a cozy back room which serves as a setting for open mic nights and other musical performances. The room also can be rented out for special events. Don’t forget the annual Harry Potter day, which includes special drinks and movie showings and always is a huge hit.
On June 12, 2014, Palace created a second location in downtown Amarillo, which the owners refer to as “Palace at Paramount,” to expand their craft of coffee to the business side of the Panhandle and give patrons a chance to relax between meetings at work. The downtown store also has a traveling coffee cart that they bring to catering events. Shortly after opening the second location on Polk Street, Palace competed against a variety of coffee shops around the nation. Palace went up against shops in New York City and Los Angeles to take the title of No. 1. The win provided the business with a ton of local, as well as national, attention. USA Today listed Palace as one of the 10 best coffee houses in America.
On July 27, 2015, Palace launched its own private label coffee, and in the next year to year and a half, the owners plan to start running their own coffee roastery. In March, Palace is opening its third location in conjunction with Amarillo National Bank on 34th and Coulter. The owners say the new shop will be a mix of both the Canyon and Amarillo shops and will have a great atmosphere for business meetings as well as hanging out with friends. The new store will share space with the bank in the former Keller-Williams office in the Summit Shopping Center near TJ Maxx. Immensely successful, Palace Coffee Company has established itself both locally and across the nation. Patrick and Krystal Burns truly have shown that West Texas can serve up a nice cup of coffee and good conversation. If you’re looking for a good place to have a delicious latte and talk to some wonderful people, head on over to either location. You won’t regret it.