Rochester soon will have another downtown Café Steam location to discover.

It was announced this morning that Café Steam will be have a spot in the under-construction One Discovery Square complex on the corner of Fourth Street and Second Avenue Southwest.

“We are delighted to announce that our newest location, Café Steam @ Discovery Square, will open this fall in One Discovery Square,” stated Café Steam co-owner Traci Downs in a news release.

Café Steam, which got its start in 2015 in the popular original shop at 315 S. Broadway, opened a second Broadway location in the Doubletree Hotel skyway last summer.

This third Café Steam shop is expected to fill a niche in the One Discovery Square complex that long has been described on blueprints as being set aside for a “neighborhood café.”

Café Steam is the fourth tenant to be announced so far for the commercial scientific center built by the Twin Cities-based M.A. Mortenson Co.

Mayo Clinic is leasing 30,000 square feet spread over the upper levels of the building. The University of Minnesota Rochester has signed up for 9,383 square feet in the complex. An undefined amount of space on the first floor is committed to electronic health records giant Epic Systems of Wisconsin.

While it hasn’t been officially announced, building permits also show a joint partnership between Mayo Clinic and a Chinese firm called WuXi Diagnostics is taking space on the third floor.

The first tenant is expected to move in during the first week of June, according to Mortenson project manager Jeremy Jacobs.

The project represents the first piece in the what city officials and Mayo Clinic leaders hope will evolve into a 16-block “hub for bio-medicine, research and technology innovation.” The Discovery Square sub-district is part of the expansive Destination Medical Center initiative.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips or questions to

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