Jan 23, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff WriterOld Town Coffee is creating a Riverton location, and Roasted Bean and Cuisine will open on Main Street.
Riverton residents looking for a place to sit down with a cup of coffee and a bite to eat should have two more options this spring.
Roasted Bean and Cuisine is a new cafe set to open at 514 W. Man St., on top the hill on Main Street. Old Town Coffee, a Lander coffee shop, is creating a Riverton location at 900 Webbwood set to open March 16.
Both plan to serve coffee, espresso drinks and food but have different strategies.
Roasted Bean and Cuisine co-owner Inga Tyra said her cafe will have a full commercial kitchen, a feature the coffee shop that previously occupied her restaurant's location did not possess. The new facilities would allow her to offer a greater variety of food, and Tyra plans to serve homemade soups, specialty sandwiches, paninis, wraps and specialty salads.
Tyra plans to open the cafe in March or possibly later in the spring.
"I just wanted a classy, smoke-free place to sit down and have a nice, healthy meal," Tyra said.
She brings 10 years' experience managing a drive-thru espresso shop to her new job running Roasted Bean and Cuisine, which she co-owns with her husband, Jacob Tyra.
The plan is to be open from breakfast through lunch, Monday through Thursday and Saturday, and from breakfast through dinner Friday.
Before the Tyras open their cafe, contractor Apodaca and Sons Construction has completed pouring concrete and framing the new bathroom and are finishing a new kitchen.
"We gutted the entire building down to the dirt floors," Inga Tyra said.
She also hopes to add an outdoor patio.
Roasted Bean and Cuisine will employ several people as cooks and servers, but Inga Tyra said she was not sure how many yet.
Nikki Peterson, co-owner of Old Town Coffee, thinks the location of her new store will help it thrive.
"It's a really busy area of the county, and the second thing is that there aren't any other coffee shops over there, it's less saturated," she said.
Peterson graduated from high school in Riverton and wanted to open a location in her hometown. The timing was right because the Lander business was doing well and an attractive location became available, Peterson said.
The original Old Town Coffee is on Lander's Main Street, but Peterson said she did not want to open shop in Riverton's downtown.
"I think there's definitely more traffic in the parking lot where we'll be," she said.
She also did not want to "step on the toes" of Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery, located on Main Street in Riverton.
"Part of our goal is to make sure that we come into the community in a very friendly way," she said.
To take advantage of traffic, the cafe's front door will be on the north side of the building, facing Walmart's parking lot and on the opposite side from the building's other tenant, American Dry Cleaning. Old Town Coffee plans to occupy only part of the west side of the building, and Peterson hopes to rent the space it is not using to another business.
The new cafe will have outdoor seating on the north side as well, and Peterson hopes to have a drive-thru window but is waiting on a city permit for it.
Old Town's "third-wave" coffee and pastries baked from scratch will also set it apart, Peterson said.
Third-wave coffees come from suppliers who work with farmers to make sure they are paid well and produce coffee at the highest standard, Peterson said.
Offerings at Old Town Coffee's Riverton location will be the same as its Lander shop, except for the beer and wine. The Riverton cafe plans to serve coffee, tea, smoothies, Grand Teton Brewing Company sodas, pastries and pita wraps.
Noting many coffee shops in Riverton are drive-thrus, Peterson said Old Town Coffee will offer seating and a place for people to sit down and meet socially or for business.
To that end, the cafe will feature a "community table," accommodating 10 to 12 people, Peterson said. Customers can use it for larger gatherings, but Peterson hopes it will prod strangers to get to know each other.
"If you're with a friend and sitting next to other people in close proximity, it's a good way to get people chatting," she said.
Current employees will fill some of the five to six positions at the new location, and Peterson eventually expects to have 12 to 15 employees based in Riverton.
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