Autistic Man’s Inclusive Coffee Shop Opening Back Up in Warwick

Michael Coyne, a 27-year-old Special Olympics Rhode Island athlete with autism, ADHD, and bipolar disorder, opened Red, White & Brew in 2019. After being rejected multiple times for employment, Coyne decided to pursue his dreams and opened the coffee shop. The shop’s theme is inclusion, hiring employees with and without special needs. Coyne also runs a gift shop called The Budding Violet, featuring crafts and goods made by vendors of varying abilities.

The coffee shop quickly outgrew its small North Smithfield storefront, leading to the closure of the business nearly two years ago and moving to a vacant storefront in Warwick. The new storefront, located in Airport Plaza off of Post Road, is slated to open next week, and the Coynes hope to eventually offer crafting classes and host community-based events in the new shop.

Coyne is also gearing up for the 2024 Special Olympics Rhode Island State Summer Games, which kick off Friday evening. He has earned over 35 medals as a Special Olympics Rhode Island athlete and has participated in various competitions this year. His goal is to not only add to his hardware collection but also advocate for those with special needs who are still trying to find their place in the world.

The 2024 Special Olympics Rhode Island State Summer Games are expected to draw more than 5,000 athletes, coaches, volunteers, and spectators to the University of Rhode Island. WPRI 12 is a proud sponsor of Special Olympics Rhode Island.

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