A Rochester brewery is rolling out a new juice bar and cafe to fill the spot left by a doughnut maker's departure.
Forager Cafe and Brewing Co., at 1005 6th St. NW, added "cafe" to its name on Tuesday, when it started selling house-made "raw" juice drinks off of a new menu for delivery or curbside pickup.
“Fresh juice has always been something that we wanted to have on our menu, we just haven’t been able to do it ourselves until now,” Forager owner Annie Henderson said. “Prior to this, we had partnered with Tonic Juice Bar to offer their juices, and are proud to now be honoring Nicci’s legacy by offering healthy, fresh juices throughout the Rochester community.”
Forager purchased the juicing equipment from the recently closed Tonic and started bottling juice drinks using fruits from distributors they work with when using fruit in brewing beer.
Juice is just the first offering to be rolled out for a cafe that will later also serve coffee, smoothies and grab-and-go foods.
The cafe is being set up in the space in the front of the brewery that was last occupied by doughnut maker Drift Dough. Drift Dough, which won best doughnuts in Rochester Magazine's annual Best Restaurants contest, recently closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Drift Dough had operated there since September 2019, when it stepped into the space after Fiddlehead Coffee Co. transitioned to a new spot downtown.
This time, the cafe will be an extension of Forager instead of a tenant. While it will have its own menu, customers will be able to order Forager dishes at the cafe and coffee drinks in the brewery.
A special Forager blend of coffee will be provided by California-based Mostra Coffee, which provides the coffee beans used in Forager's coffee beers. Henderson plans to sell beans and the Forager blend at the cafe.
The cafe will also sell Forager's frozen take-and-bake pizzas. That's a new offering Henderson recently added for the delivery and takeout pandemic market.
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