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Heard on the Street: New coffee drive-through to brighten up northwest Rochester

After standing dark for four years, a former Rochester drive-through hamburger stand is slated to be resuscitated with a jolt of caffeine. Bryce Fogelsonplans to call itLumen Coffeewith the hopes of bringing some light into northwest drivers' dark...

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After standing dark for four years, a former Rochester drive-through hamburger stand is slated to be resuscitated with a jolt of caffeine.

A light bulb went off in the head of Bryce Fogelson as he looked at the former Snappy Stop drive-thru burger booth at 3550 55th St. N.W., tucked between Discount Tire and Affinity Credit Union in front of the Northwest Plaza shopping complex.

He came up with the bright idea of brewing up a drive-through coffee shop. Fogelson plans to call it Lumen Coffeein the hopes of bringing some light into northwest drivers' dark morning commutes.

"Lumen will serve espresso and coffee drinks and some basic breakfast items, possibly adding more as we go," he said.

Fogelson hopes to light up Lumen soon, possibly by early December. While there are many other coffee choices in Rochester, he emphasized that Lumen is locally owned and will strive with work with local suppliers, whenever possible.

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He expects to have six to 10 people on staff, when the coffee shop starts serving.

Lumen is leasing the space in the compact 480-square-foot building.

It was built in 2005 as a sibling to Snappy Stop's mini-tower along South Broadway. Snappy Snap operated a north location in the building until 2013.

"The north store was in a tough location," said Bucky Beemanin 2013. Beeman, whose family created the unique Rochester burger eatery added that, "Eventually, we decided to close it and refocus our efforts on the south store and other businesses."

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