With new local and national coffee businesses opening seemingly every other week — or more — does Wichita really need another one?
“I’m here to say we absolutely can handle more,” said Andrew Gough, owner of Reverie Coffee Roasters.
Gough said Wichita’s coffee saturation rate is less than a lot of other cities.
That’s why he’s opening another new Reverie Roasters Express, a drive-through business like the one he already has in Newton.
The latest will open April 1 at 7817 E. 37th St. North where Glas Haus Racing is.
Reverie is taking the drive-through space where Brazita Bytes has been.
Though the business is drive-through only, he said the Glas Haus owner is being accommodating about seating during the hours that business is open.
“People are going to try to walk in the door and hang out, and he won’t say, ‘No.’ ”
Gough said new coffee drive-throughs are a dime a dozen, but he said his is “more than just a basic drive-through coffee shop.”
He said he’ll offer Vienna-style pastries such as a variety of croissants and fruited Danishes.
Gough called them the “most-complicated, most-rich-and-delicious coveted pastries . . . people are looking for.”
“There’s nobody else in town doing what we do. There’s a lot of places that pretend to do it.”
He said those places use frozen or pre-made products.
“We’re the only start-to-finish, artisanal-style, European-style bakery in all the city — especially the only one doing it in a drive-through.”
He’ll also have heartier fare, such as burritos.
“We do a couple of food items that go really well in a drive-through shop.”
Initially, hours will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, but Gough said he’ll be attuned to the area’s needs and adjust as necessary.
“We’re starting small, and we’ll be able to grow.”
In addition to his flagship Reverie near Douglas and Grove, which offers seating, Gough has Reverie Roasters at Mojos on the campus of Bethel College along with the drive-through in Newton.
Gough said the drive-throughs are “good for people who want higher-quality, better-sourced” coffee and other items in a quick-casual environment.
Though it may look like Gough has a plan to start populating these drive-throughs around the greater Wichita area, he said that’s not necessarily the case.
“Ha. You never say that out loud.”
This story was at first posted February 24, 2023, 11:50 AM.
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