Developers are brewing up more coffee for Rochester's caffeine fiends.
On Friday, Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos.filed site development plans with the City of Rochester, proposing a new Starbucks Coffeeshop at 2276 S. Broadway.
That address is the former location of a recently demolished BP gas station. Ryan Cos. bought the property in August for $580,000. The firm also has a $1.8 million purchase agreement deal in the works with Rochester Public Schoolsfor the empty 36,000-square-foot former Golden Hill Schoolbuilding across Third Avenue Southeast from the proposed Starbucks site.
Mark Schoening, Ryan's senior vice president of national retail development, was not available Monday to discuss the possible freestanding Starbucks project. The permit, which cost $620, did not include any details other than the project name.
In August, Schoening did comment on the Rochester properties.
"What I can say broadly about the Golden Hill site and (the former gas station) project is that the two properties are not necessarily connected from a redevelopment standpoint," he said then.
If Friday's development plan moves forward and a coffee shop is built there, it will be Rochester's seventh Starbucks and its only free-standing one.
By the time such a project would open, it mostly likely would be Rochester's 26th coffee-focused business.
The Med City currently has three Dunn Bros.coffee shops, the most recent to openis just a mile south of the proposed Starbucks site. There are nine Caribou Coffeelocations in Rochester, with a 10th under construction on North Broadway. Moka,a coffee drive-through business, has two locations here.
Two independent coffee shops, Cafe Steamand Bravo Espresso, serve up coffee in downtown Rochester. Two local eateries, Forager Breweryand Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria,house separate coffee counters within their businesses.
I'm not counting Dunkin Donutsor any of the convenience store brands, because coffee is not their main product.
If this tally is correct, then there is one coffee business for about every 4,500 or so Rochesterites.
Given the popularity of its coffee shops, you probably can count on even more to open up shop in the Med City in 2017.