By Adam Strunk
Patty Meier, who has owned Mojo’s Coffee Bar since 2010, is selling the North Newton coffee shop.
She said years of working 70 to 80 hour weeks with the business has her ready for a few minutes of free time.
“I’m not 30 anymore,” she said with a laugh.
On Thursday, she announced that she found a buyer for the business: Reverie Coffee Roasters. She described it as her first choice and a perfect fit.
Reverie, a well-known brand out of Wichita, has been in business since 2013 and sells wholesale coffee as well as operates a downtown Wichita cafe and bakery at 2202 E. Douglas Ave.
“I’ve known Andy for years,” she said of Reverie owner Andrew Gough. “It was pretty natural for me to reach out to him. I believe they have the integrity we have.”
Gough said Reverie made the decision to purchase Mojo’s because it checked many boxes the company had for a future opportunity.
He said there were opportunities for retail expansion, the coffee shop was successful, and it had a strong and loyal clientele.
“The one that makes the most sense is that it’s a business that has built the entirety of what it is around the community,” Gough said. “You can infer there are core values and it’s mission-based in a way.”
Reverie Operations Manager Drew Perry elaborated on the sentiment.
“There’s community here. It’s not just college-oriented,” he said. ” You see people from all over here. That was an indicator to us that this idea would have some legs on it, and it wasn’t focused on one niche group.”
Meier said that, under the agreement, the Mojo’s staff will stay on.
The name will change to Reverie Roasters at Mojo’s.
“That’s more of a strategic decision,” Gough said, adding that they wanted to build on the existing base of customers.
As for initial changes, Reverie will bring its roasted coffee and blends to Mojo’s. The menu will slowly evolve. Meier will help out in the short-term, baking for them with The Bake House.
Eventually, Gough said the location will incorporate the baked goods of Founder’s Bakery, which Reverie operates.
Digital menu boards will go up. Some of the colors might change, as well as some of the seating and retail arrangements in the location.
“It’s the same friendly faces,” Gough said. “Patty will likely be hanging out on the patio as opposed to behind the bar.”
Meier said she will miss her daily interactions with staff but is happy that Mojo’s is transitioning to good hands.
“I’m just excited that it’s going to be a smooth transition,” she said. “Andy and I work well together. We will continue to work together for a while.”
The two are working together to honor existing Mojo’s gift cards going forward. Cards sold at the North Newton shop will still be valid there, and ones sold at the hospital will be valid at the hospital.
Meier said her experience running Mojo’s has been a rewarding one. She will continue to operate its location at the hospital. The transfer of ownership will take place Jan. 1, 2022.
“Foodservice is hard, but it’s very rewarding,” she said. “If you take care of people, they’ll be loyal and take care of you right back.”