Stauf’s Coffee Roasters Opening Cafe in Franklinton
In just a few weeks, Stauf’s Coffee Roasters will be opening a fourth location. Stauf’s President Mark Swanson confirmed this morning that a new cafe will be launching inside the Columbus Idea Foundry building in Franklinton.
“We’ve been looking at Franklinton forever for either a roasting facility or cafe,” explained Swanson. “We realize that our strength for Stauf’s is in the core of the city. We opened in Grandview when that area was still a bit sleepy, so we like to be in these emerging markets like Franklinton.”
The new Stauf’s will seat approximately 30 indoors, and plans call for the addition of a large outdoor patio seating area on the north side of the building, facing West State Street. In addition to coffee, the new cafe will serve a variety of other drinks, pastries and snacks.
“Our pastry chef Amanda Dean is baking everything fresh in our German Village location every day, plus we’ll feature a bunch of other local stuff like Pattycake Bakery and Bake Me Happy,” added Swanson. “We know that people are looking for more than just coffee, so we’re scouring the city right now for other local beverages.”
The look of the new Stauf’s location will more closely resemble the renovated German Village location, rather than the original on Grandview Avenue, and Swanson said that it will showcase the “spirit of the Idea Foundry”. He plans to offer training programs on site, and some of Stauf’s tech-savvy employees will have memberships at the Idea Foundry where they can tinker with brewing and roasting equipment in unique ways.
The new Stauf’s location is slated to open sometime in the next three to four weeks. Hours have not yet been fully determined, but Swanson said that it will likely mirror the operating hours of the Idea Foundry to start.
While the Stauf’s brand has grown over the past several years — adding a new location at The North Market and rebranding in German Village — the company’s Cup O Joe brand has continued to shrink. Over the past five years, Cup O Joe / MoJoe Lounge locations have closed in Bexley, the Short North, Easton Town Center, Port Columbus and most recently, the Lennox Town Center.
Swanson said that the Cup O Joe brand isn’t going away though.
“Later this summer we’re going to be tightening up and refreshing the Cup O Joe brand,” he stated, hinting that more news will be arriving in the coming months. “The brand is 20 years old and its time for an update.”