The new owners of the building at 401 S. Third St. that houses The Phoenix Ballroom have been attracting interest from potential users of the space, and new developments also are in the works nearby.
Dutch Bros. Coffee, a chain founded by brothers who grew up on a dairy farm in Oregon, has made its way to Waco, 901 S. Sixth St., to be exact.
Crews recently leveled a Long John Silver’s building there, and now are preparing the site for a Dutch Bros. location, according to the city of Waco.
The company’s website says menu items go beyond coffee to include lemonade, Dutch Soda, chai tea, Dutch Cocoa, pastries and smoothies.
It would appear all drinks are sold in cups featuring the silhouette of a Dutch windmill. The website says two brothers of Dutch, descent, Dane and Travis Boersma, began selling coffee from pushcarts in and around Grants Pass, Oregon, eventually growing to seven coffee “stands” in seven states. Last year, they announced they would expand into Texas and Oklahoma.
Dutch Bros. now has more than 400 locations, and calls itself “the largest privately held drive-thru coffee company.”
Starbucks, as many know, is publicly traded on Nasdaq.
Dutch Bros. has yet to secure a building permit, but construction plans are going through the review process at City Hall.
It would appear Dutch Bros. is quite the socially conscious company, its website loaded with references to fundraising for one cause or another.