Kansas City’s Messenger Coffee Co. is purchasing controlling interest in the four area Filling Station coffee shops.
The purchase price was not disclosed but the deal is expected to be completed on Nov. 1. Filling Station founder Robin Krause will then be a minority partner.
“Robin has a really good brand, really loyal customers and really stylish cafes. And she has been serving our coffees for almost a year and that has been really good for our company,” said Nick Robertson, managing partner in Messenger. “We will probably upgrade equipment and bring in more Messenger Coffee but it will still be a multi-roaster cafe.”
The locations, in Overland Park, the Union Hill area, and Westport, as well one in the VML offices at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, will continue to operate under the Filling Station name. Messenger plans to keep the Filling Station’s staff of about 30 workers.
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The Filling Station operations offer a variety of items, including coffee, Chai, hot tea, hot chocolate, quiche, ham and Swiss croissants, fruit and vegetable juices, tuna melts, salmon club sandwiches, salads, and wraps.
Krause plans to move to Colorado within three years and is training to become a health coach. She also is expanding her line of Protein Balls. She currently sells the products at the Filling Station shops, at a couple of area gyms and through personal trainers.
Krause said she received several offers for the Filling Station but took a lower bid with an equity position because she wanted to work with the family behind Messenger Coffee.
“They are an amazing family. I feel like I am handing my business over to someone and it is meant to be,” Krause said. “I think they will bring better coffee knowledge to my employees. They love doing this and I think they will keep the family feel of it between employees, customers and management.”
Leawood’s Park Place files suit against Mestizo
Leawood’s Park Place Village LLC has sued its restaurant tenant AS Bistro KC LLC, doing business as Mestizo by Aarón Sánchez. Also named in the suit were Jay S. Maxwell and Timothy J. Sinclair, both of Wichita.
Park Place said the defendants entered into a lease for a space at 5270 W. 116th Place, space F-02, in mid-2011 for a term of 10 years.
In the lawsuit, Park Place said it is owed $120,136.55 as of Sept. 25 plus additional monthly rent, taxes, insurance, common area maintenance, utilities and other charges including attorney fees. It also is seeking possession of the space.
A Wichita attorney for AS Bistro declined to comment. A sign on the door of the restaurant on Monday said it was closed for a private event.
Park Place officials couldn’t be reached for comment.
Mestizo by Aarón Sánchez opened in late 2011, using the recipes of Food Network's Aarón Sánchez.
“First, Aarón Sanchez is not named in this lawsuit. He was hired by AS Bistro KC, LLC in 2011 to develop, promote and consult in the operation of Mestizo which he has done since the restaurant opened,” said Charlie Dougiello, a spokesman for Sanchez. “Aarón is a huge fan of the Kansas City area and hopes to return with a new concept in the future.”
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