ELYRIA — Erie Island Coffee Co.’s third store opens today at 148 Middle Ave. in downtown Elyria, courtesy of the same partnership behind Elyria’s Foundry Kitchen & Bar.
A ribbon-cutting, sponsored in part by the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, will be 10 a.m. at the shop, formerly the location of Oven 51 and Donna’s Diner.
Greg Dabran, one of the three partners in the shop along with Rodney Johnson and Kevin Flanigan, said the shop will open to the public immediately after the ribbon-cutting.
“We’re really excited,” he said.
The business employs 11, hired and trained and “ready to serve customers” starting today, Dabran said.
On Thursday, employees were testing their skills for a “friends and family” soft opening, with drinks and food being made and given away free. Many city of Elyria employees also stopped by to try out what the shop had to offer.
The walls are blue and gray, with nautical accents and art of lighthouses in keeping with the Erie Island name. There are tables with USB and electrical plugs for those who want to sit down with their laptop or charge a phone, or to take advantage of the shop’s Wi-Fi.
Regular business hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays to start, with Sunday hours coming by the end of the year, he said.
Carside to-go service will start in May, and in June the shop will start delivery service in downtown Elyria, Dabran said.
Unlike the other locations, the Elyria location will have a larger focus on fresh food, made to order and not microwaved. Breakfast and lunch will be served all day.
“We can make omelets to order, crack the eggs right then,” Dabran said. “It’s a fresh take on a high-end, premium coffee shop.”
Drip coffee, iced coffee, chai and iced teas are on the drinks list, and the shop will offer bagels, salads, parfaits, muffins and more.
Erie Island Coffee Co. has two other locations, one in Rocky River and one on Fourth Street in Cleveland. The company recently was purchased by Caruso’s Coffee Roasters of Brecksville, Dabran said, making it locally owned and operated.
The shop also has its social media presence up and ready to go, with Facebook and Instagram pages launched. It can be reached during business hours at (440) 412-4060.