Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rise Coffee House Opens in New Location — with Breakfast! — in the Grove

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 6:49 AM

click to enlarge The first floor cafe. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The first floor cafe.
The success Rise Coffee House (4176 Manchester Avenue) achieved in the Grove neighborhood led them to expand to a new space — conveniently next door to their old location. “Rise 2.0” opened on Black Friday last week, expecting to process 120 tickets orders. They ended up processing 275. It’s safe to say they were right about needing more seating, food options and space.

The previous iteration of Rise offered a variety of baked goods sourced from other local shops, but the additional space in this new building allowed them to build a full kitchen downstairs and a pastry kitchen upstairs. Now they’re serving their own baked goods and a full breakfast menu daily until 2 p.m.

The menu includes buttermilk pancakes, biscuits and gravy, a potato and Brussels sprout hash, and farro porridge. A small lunch menu, daily special and kids’ menu are on the agenda for the future.

At the helm in the kitchen is Scott Davis, previously of Elaia, Three Flags Tavern and Brasserie. Heading the pastry kitchen is Jackie Price, a recent graduate of Saint Louis University.

Rise’s new home dates back to 1909, when it was a grocery store; the owners of the store lived upstairs. Evidence of the building’s history remains, from exposed brick to classic woodwork, but parts of it have definitely been modernized. Rise’s owner Aaron Johnson worked with designer Sarah Doriani on the decor. Most notable is a full-wall mural by Chelsea Ritter-Soronen. For the furniture, they worked with Anew Nature, a startup that employs men with past felony convictions who are in need of employment opportunities and marketable skills.

The first floor has been designed as a cafe, while the second floor includes the pastry kitchen, a quiet area for those with coffee and laptops, and a child-friendly area with a “tree house” included.

While the move was stressful, general manager Mike McKinlay says, "It would not have been possible without the community coming together." Volunteers and frequent customers even stepped up to help paint the new space.

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response thus far, the Rise team is already looking to rearrange the furniture on the first floor to squeeze a few more seats in the place, and eventually plans to add some outdoor seating behind the building. Rise is open 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Saturday, and 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Scroll below for more photos of the new space.

click to enlarge Rise brews Sump coffee. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Rise brews Sump coffee.
click to enlarge Rise's menu was developed by chef Scott Davis. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Rise's menu was developed by chef Scott Davis.
click to enlarge The mural was painted by Chelsea Ritter-Soronen. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The mural was painted by Chelsea Ritter-Soronen.
click to enlarge The upstairs quiet area - previous customers will be glad to see that Jon Stewart made the trek to the new spot. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The upstairs quiet area - previous customers will be glad to see that Jon Stewart made the trek to the new spot.
click to enlarge Part of the child-friendly area upstairs, featuring a "tree house." - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Part of the child-friendly area upstairs, featuring a "tree house."
click to enlarge Caramelized onion and cheddar scone. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Caramelized onion and cheddar scone.
click to enlarge Rise's new storefront in the Grove. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Rise's new storefront in the Grove.



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