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Laughing Goat Cafés


Commercial - Restaurant


Boulder, CO

Years Completed

- 2009 (Laughing Goat at University of Colorado)

-2013 (Laughing Gaot 55th Street)

- 2010-2023 (Laughing Goat   Pearl Street)

Design Team

Satto Rugg, Architect

General Contractors



Bodhgaia Architecture

Courtesy of Laughing Goat

The first Laughing Goat Coffeehouse opened on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado in 2006. It's been packed ever since. 

The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse filled a vacuum left by the well-loved Penny Lane as a place for meet-ups, music and the art of coffee making. Its popularity led to a lot of wear and tear over the years, and Bodhgaia Architecture stepped in to guide a series of remodel and renovation moves including designing a new patio, redesigning the interior layout and designing and building everything from kiosks to displays.


In 2009 the Laughing Goat was chosen by the University of Colorado to install a cafe in the newly renovated Norlin Library at their main campus in Boulder.

With a captive audience of study-bound students, this was a great opportunity to serve an important segment of the Boulder community. We addressed the challenge of this busy café by designing a graceful arc that maximizes visibilty without interfering with the high flow of student traffic. The design includes a security curtain that locks down the premises during hours of closure.

Affectionately known as the 'Baby Goat', the third Boulder location was designed with efficient workflow and brand continuity in mind.

Good visibility and the Goat's signature rustic detailing make this café a beacon for the east end of town. A branded sliding screen system puts product stock within easy reach of the back bar.




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