After being open about six months in downtown, Fiddlehead Coffee Co. is brewing up a second location in the Kutzky Park neighborhood.

Sarah Phelan and her brother-in-law/business partner Patrick Phelan have lined up a 2,000-square-foot space on the street level of the Avani Living apartment complex near Miracle Mile shopping center. That's the complex that also houses Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.

The Phelans hope to open the new location by mid-November.

It will follow the same approach as the original café, which is located in the Flats on 4th apartment complex at 412 Third Ave. SE.

"It will have the same Fiddlehead vibe," said Sarah Phelan.

The Avani development team, led by Javon Bea, was interested in having a café in the building to serve the Kutzky neighborhood and fulfill promises made during the city approval process.

"It was just a really great opportunity. The owner is very excited about the Fiddlehead concept and thinks this will be good for (Avani) tenants," said Sarah Phelan. "We're really excited about having a patio and parking."

The west Fiddlehead will have a larger kitchen and will feature some equipment not available in the original café. That means it will be able to offer some different menu items, though the majority of the food and drink offerings will be same as downtown.

It will also follow Fiddlehead's new approach of serving one menu of breakfast and lunch options from opening until close. The café stopped offering special dinner selections last week.

The Phelans have about 17 people on staff now and some of those employees will probably work at both locations.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips to jkiger@postbulletin.com or via Twitter to @whereskiger. You can call him at 285-7798.

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Jeff has worked at newspapers as a reporter, columnist, editor, photographer and copy editor since 1992. He started at the Post Bulletin in 1999. Kiger is the PB's business reporter and writes a daily column, "Heard on the Street."