The Coffee Cup originally opened in 1945.
Pensacola historian John Appleyard recalled frequenting the Coffee Cup in the 1950s. Appleyard was a friend and neighbor of John Henry Cagle, who bought the restaurant in 1947 and operated it for decades.
"They had a wonderful dinner menu and they attracted the same people over and over so it was like going to a party whenever we went," said Appleyard
The Coffee Cup is a local landmark and has been a breakfast staple for Pensacolians since its opening in 1945. The restaurant is particularly renowned for its grits, especially its "Nassau" variety, which is a dish of grits, bacon, ham, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and seasonings.