Popular downtown coffee shop to reopen under new ownership
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Press Coffee and Tea Lounge in downtown Rochester, which closed last month after its owner was arrested, will soon reopen under a new name.
A small group of local entrepreneurs recently purchased the business from former owner Christopher Holloway. They plan to reopen the coffee shop under the name Cafe Steam on Jan. 13.
Holloway, who has been charged with one count of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct, will have no involvement in the business.
"The look and feel of the place will be totally different," said David Hewitt, who with his wife and two other couples will run the business. Hewitt is also the founder of Cube, a co-working space located across the street from the coffee shop.
The entire space will be completely renovated with new furniture, paint and art, said Hewitt. The new owners also plan to partner with a local bakery and may even offer ice cream at some point.
"We're going to be a lot more intentional and thoughtful about the products we offer," said Hewitt.
Despite all the recent changes downtown, Hewitt said the demand for an independent coffee shop continues to grow. However, he and his partners don't plan to get rich off the new enterprise.
"The whole intent is to preserve this coffee shop for the whole community," said Hewitt.
Cafe Steam will be open everyday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., though weekend hours may eventually be extended. Like Press, the new coffee shop will offer live music on Friday and Saturday nights.