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Coffee Bar Coming To The Lobby Of Duffey Flats This Fall

We can now reveal who will be opening a new coffee bar in the lobby of Duffey Flats this fall: Backstory Coffee Roasters, a company that’s been operating in the St. Paul since 2014 under a different name, Bootstrap.

The company made the announcement today, with owner Micah Svejda saying “When we started Bootstrap in 2014, we were building from this identity of being a small, scrappy startup—but we’ve matured a lot over the last eight years, and we felt it was time to update our brand to reflect that. We’re just leaning more into collaboration and storytelling, so that we can cultivate deeper connections to the coffee and the incredible people who grow it.”

When the North Loop shop is ready to open this fall, the Duffey lobby will be open to the public during the day with plenty of seating. It’s expected to become a communal gathering spot similar to what has happened with FRGMNT Coffee in the lobby of The Nordic.

The company’s news release said, “The new Backstory Coffee Roasters space will offer the same drink menu as its St. Paul counterpart— batch brew, pour-overs, classic espresso beverages, cold brew and specialty beverages—with a small added menu of pastries, hot sandwiches and grab-and-go-items like chia bowl and yogurt parfaits.”

The new store signage will be hand-painted by Forrest Wozniak, a local sign painter who’s painted large historic and iconic outdoor signs and advertisements around the Twin Cities for the past 20 years, and painted the original signage for Bootstrap Coffee Roasters.

By Mike Binkley, North Loop volunteer

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