More caffeine is brewing for Rochester's North Broadway.

More than a year after plans were originally filed for the project, permits surfaced last week to revive a plan by real estate developer Dr. Ajay Nehra to build at stand-alone, 2,000-square-foot Starbucks Coffee shop at 1401 N. Broadway Ave. 

That's the site now occupied by a former Sinclair gas station and car wash. That station, which is tucked in next to the Zumbro River in front of River Bend Senior Living Community, closed in the summer of 2016.

No demolition permits have been filed for the 31-year-old gas station, though it is expected it will be demolished to clear the way for the coffee shop.

The former Sinclair gas station and car wash was purchased by Nehra through his AV, LLC firm for $767,500 on Feb. 15.

Building a coffee shop on that site was originally proposed by Northland Investors LLC, of Eau Claire, which had bought the ex-gas station in November 2017 for $590,000. However, Northland then turned around and sold the property to Nehra, after his Broadway Enterprises built a complex to house a Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels shop, just a few hundred feet from the planned Starbucks.

The Caribou/Einstein Bros. stands in the parking lot of the adjacent River Center Plaza shopping center. That's the mall formerly known as Northbrook, located across Broadway from the Silver Lake Shopping Center.

One of Nehra's firms also demolished a former Wendy's restaurant  at 1405 N. Broadway, between the gas station and the new Caribou/Einsteins in 2017. A bank branch was once proposed for that site in 2018, but it's unknown if that project is still moving forward or if something else will happen there.

So it appears that after some twists and turns, Starbucks will eventually be bringing its frappes and lattes to North Broadway.

It will be interesting to see how a Starbucks will fare being so close to Caribou, Moka coffee and Dunn Bros. coffee locations.

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

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