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Reverie Coffee Roasters is moving, expanding

An artist’s illustration shows what the new Reverie/ Founders Bakery will look like at the corner of Douglas and Madison, across from East High School. Andrew Gough hopes to open his expanded business in its new space in early 2017.
An artist’s illustration shows what the new Reverie/ Founders Bakery will look like at the corner of Douglas and Madison, across from East High School. Andrew Gough hopes to open his expanded business in its new space in early 2017. Courtesy illustration

Reverie Coffee Roasters is moving – and getting a sister business.

Andrew Gough, who opened Reverie in 2013 at 2611 E. Douglas, is planning to take over a space a third of a mile to the west that has more room and more parking. When he does, he’ll add a second, adjoining business – a bakery he’ll called Founders – and will expand his food service. He’ll also add adult beverages to the menu.

“We are moving to the new location in order to be able to expand our offerings in a larger environment,” Gough said. “ We also want to make it appealing to a larger audience.”

The new spot, which likely won’t be ready until early 2017, will be in the former Kimzey Eilert Medical Supplies space at 2202 E. Douglas, a corner spot. Gough plans to split the building into two businesses that will be adjoined.

Founders Bakery will be in the corner spot, he said, and will offer quick-prepared coffees and bakery items like croissants, scones, muffins, and galettes that can be enjoyed in house or taken to go in bulk. The space to the east of Founder’s will be Reverie, which will have more seating and will be designed for those who want to linger over coffee, craft beer, wine and cocktails. The new Reverie also will offer breakfast and lunch, Gough said, and the menu will focus on brunch-type items like poached eggs with salmon, custom-made sausages and more.

He’ll continue the coffee roasting business, but it will be in a separate building behind the main space.

Gough started investigating the move a year ago, when his new landlord, Sean Brennan, approached him about the space. Gough said he liked that it had more room, more parking and more possibilities for businesses to grow around it, he said.

It helped when he met Stephanie Hand, who was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and who had worked as a chef at Whole Foods. She’s on staff now and has been developing a bakery menu, which Reverie has been offering for several months now. She’ll head up all the food operations at the new businesses, Gough said.

Founders, he said, was named as a tribute to the founders of Wichita, and the interior will reflect the city’s history in surprising ways, Gough said.

He’s hoping for a seamless transition from the old space to the new one once construction is done. In the meantime, Reverie will continue to operate as normal.

“We continually look at ways of improving what we do,” Gough said. “That’s just part of who we are.”

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