Bigger deli, new coffee house furnishes needs, wants for Spring Grove

By: 
Jordan Gerard

If you’re a commuter and you’re frustrated with limited coffee options and need something convenient for supper, look no further than a coming soon bigger deli and new coffee house at Red’s IGA.

Following the trends of the consumer, Pat Longmire Sr., Patrick Longmire Jr. and his wife, Jayme, are ready to go with the expansion project.

“People want ready-made stuff; it’s more of a convenience for them,” the elder Longmire said. “We’re going to continue trying to grow with the consumer need.”

The seating area for the cafe will be closed as soon as construction starts, which could be as early as this week or next week.

Those who enjoy lunch or other meals at Red’s will still be able to sit in the coffee house portion once it’s complete.

The seating area will be the entrance to the coffee house from the store and part of the new business. 

The exterior walls will be pushed out about 25 feet in order to make more room and to put in a drive-thru, for a total of 1,200 sq. ft. 

The entire project including the deli is 2,500 sq. ft. He expected the deli to be completed near the end of June or early July, after new floors were installed and the equipment was rearranged.

“We wouldn’t be able to do it without the support we get from everyone in town,” Longmire Sr. said. “The consumers are able to help us make it better.”

The deli will have the same hours and staff, but will offer more options in addition to the products they already have.

Longmire said the deli was doing well. In addition to salads, lunchmeats, chicken and daily lunch specials, the deli also bakes bread, creates the Papa Red’s pizza and makes meatball packs that are sold in the store.

With a bigger deli, Fat Pat’s Texas BBQ will also be able to offer their brisket, burnt ends, pulled pork and ribs year round instead of only the summer months.

Jo’s Coffee House

Named for the young redhead who loves to help her parents at the store, and when people are in need of a “cup ‘o joe,” a coffee house looks to fill the needs of Spring Grove residents and commuters passing through.

“We couldn’t think of a place in town where you could go sit down, work, read or have a quiet conversation with someone and have a cup of coffee,” Jayme said. “There isn’t one in town that was doing anything with specialty coffee.”

Though an opening date isn’t certain yet, there are already big plans coming. 

First and foremost for the early birds, the coffee house will be open at 6 a.m. Expected hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. They plan to be closed on Sunday.

A drive-thru will be constructed for those on the move.

Drip coffee from UP Coffee Roasters of Minneapolis will be available for those who love a classic cup of joe. 

The shop will also feature local coffee roasters such as Carlson Roasters of Houston and Impact Coffee of Decorah, Iowa. More roasters will be added soon.

For coffee connoisseurs who prefer a little dazzle to their caffeine, specialty coffees such as espressos, Frappuccinos, iced coffee, lattes, mochas and more will be available.

Smoothies and other cold refreshments will also be sold for those who wish to have a non-caffeinated beverage.

As for a breakfast menu, baked goods and breakfast food will be a feature of the coffee house. A lunch menu could be added later on.

Do you fancy drinking your coffee outside in the morning or evening sun? There will be a back patio to enjoy the coffee and the view. 

Fat Pat’s Texas BBQ food trailer may also make a few appearances there during the summer.

What’s more is a small stage with set up for acoustic bands and singer-songwriter shows. 

Jayme said previously they considered putting in a Caribou Coffee, but along with that was conforming to the company guidelines. And why not build something special to Spring Grove? 

The project has been slowly creating a passion for about a year after they moved from Austin, Texas, which boasted a diverse business culture and young people running their own business. 

Austin also boasted many coffee shops and houses that featured a variety of organic and free trade products in coffee.

“There are so many good coffee shops down there, so much good coffee,” she added. “It took a bit of talking and planning. We want to bring good coffee to the area.”

Stay tuned to the Herald for more information or follow the project on Instagram at joscoffeehouse or Facebook at www.facebook.com/shopredsmn/.