It looks like a new name in coffee is brewing up plans to start pouring in Minnesota, starting with a prominent spot in the Med City.
Scooter’s Coffee, an Omaha, Neb. based chain with locations in 16 states, filed a permit for a “fit up of a new coffee shop and drive-thru” at 1608 South Broadway at the corner of 16th Street Southwest and Broadway.
The value of the project was estimated at $250,000. The building perched on the corner by the Olmsted County Fairgrounds doesn’t have a drive-thru, so this will probably be a significant upgrade for the 55-year-old building best known for housing a Flowerama store followed by Carousel Floral.
Daube’s Bakery operated there from 2019 until June 2020, when owner Dihanna DuVaught posted the statement, “... We are sadly closing down our south store and will not have a storefront.”
DuVaught closed the original bakery location on Civic Center Drive Northwest in March as well as its Daube's Down-Under location in the downtown Rochester subway.
While Scooter’s has about 300 shops in 16 states, it hasn’t appeared in Minnesota before. However, it’s website does list a “Coming Soon” location in Fairmont, Minn., so it's possible that Rochester won’t be the first Scooter’s in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Of course, opening in Rochester is not all froth and lattes.
The Med City with strong caffeine competition with the ubiquitous Starbucks, Caribou, Dunn Bros., Cafe Steam, Moka, Lumen, Old Abe and Bravo Espresso all vying for local coffee drinkers’ attention and money.