A Rochester cafe is ready to re-open after closing due to exposure to COVID-19. Following a two-week quarantine and having all staff test negative, Fiddlehead Coffee Co. is set to re-open.
Co-owner Patrick Phelan recently received a call that all businesses dread during the pandemic. Someone who had spent hours close to him and his employees in Fiddlehead’s, 1610 W. Center St., had tested positive for COVID-19.
“We immediately closed and sent all of the staff home,” he said. “We wanted to go above and beyond to make sure we weren’t posing a risk to anyone in the community or to each other.”
The two-week timeline from exposure ended on July 1, and all of the cafe’s staff of five have now tested negative.
“We felt good about that. It made us feel good about our sanitizing. It actually worked,” said Sarah Phelan, Fiddlehead co-owner and Patrick’s sister-in-law.
They plan to re-open the Kutzky Park shop at 7 a.m. Friday. That’s Fiddlehead’s cafe on the street level of the Avani Living apartment complex near the Miracle Mile shopping center.
The staff will all be wearing masks. Customers are encouraged to wear them. Fiddlehead offers online ordering and curbside delivery as well as social distanced inside and outside seating.
The home delivery of roasted coffee beans will continue. In fact, that portion of the business has grown so much that they needed to add more equipment to its roasting operations at the original Fiddlehead café in the Flats on 4th apartment complex.
The location at 412 Third Ave. SE has been closed to customers for much of the pandemic. Sarah Phelan said they hope to re-open that cafe within two to three weeks.
Closing down the Kutzky Park shop, which only opened in late February, was not a pain-free decision, said Patrick Phelan, but he believes it was the correct one.
“We take being stewards of a community space seriously… If our doors are open, you can be confident it is a safe and sanitary space,” he said. “Community health is part of our bottom line.”