Espresso To Go Go, which began as a food truck in 2012 and opened a permanent shop at the Zelman Lofts just over a year ago, is now opening an additional site at the Lux.
“It’s great to see them being able to expand,” says Michael Ramsey, who has developed the Lux and Zelman buildings with business partner Robert Eyster.
“From the Lux standpoint … it is an incredible opportunity to have them there for both our residential tenants and also the commercial tenants. It just adds to the entire holistic idea of the building.”
Warren and Ann Tandoc are opening their second Espresso To Go Go in 885 square feet just west of the northwest corner of First and Market in an area that’s tucked next to the entrance of the Lux, which will allow for a sheltered patio. That’s the only seating the business will have.
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“We’re really trying to emphasize that you should get your coffee and go,” Warren Tandoc says. “There’s a reason why we kept our name even from the truck.”
The Espresso To Go Go at the Zelman is 650 square feet and has 12 seats, though Tandoc says it has become a hangout for some.
“We didn’t envision it being that way. It has kind of turned out that way,” he says. “It’s not like we’re unwelcoming towards people.”
The problem, he says, is that space is more of a destination.
“You have to want to come there,” Tandoc says. “It is kind of its own thing.”
He says workers from businesses such as Cargill and Emprise Bank will stop in, but Tandoc says that “they lament quite often that they wish that we were closer.”
“We have realized that people don’t really like to walk.”
Tandoc says the Lux is centrally located to a number of businesses.
“There’s so many people that work in that area,” he says. “I think that the demographic there is going to be very good and that it will support us nicely.”
Tandoc says the truck was a great way to introduce his concept to the market, “but the numbers weren’t good.”
He says they have been in the Zelman building, though. Espresso To Go Go has been open there for a year and three months. Tandoc says in the last three months, there has been 63 percent growth over the first three months.
“That to me … was good, solid numbers.”
Like that location, the new Espresso To Go Go will serve mostly coffee with just a bit of ice cream, some cookies and smoothies.
“We’re sticking to our guns,” Tandoc says. “We want to keep our concept very clean and simple.”
Ramsey says he took paneling from the former president’s office on the seventh floor and is repurposing it in the Espresso To Go Go space.
“It’s really going to look great,” he says.
Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.
Tandoc says he and his wife want to expand more, particularly on the east side.
They want a drive-through next, which is what Tandoc says he had planned to do first.
“Eventually, I guess we’re just going to do that in reverse,” he says. “We want to find the perfect place. … We have had a hard, hard time finding just the right location.”
Tandoc expects to open the new Espresso To Go Go at the Lux by the middle of the month, “so very, very soon if everything goes perfectly.”
“I think that’s going to be a really good place,” he says.
“It’ll be a phenomenal deal.”