Sauce Magazine – Looking Meadow Coffee Co opens first storefront in Maplewood in early 2023

Looking Meadow Coffee Co opens its first storefront in Maplewood in early 2023

After almost two years as a mainstay of the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, Looking Meadow Coffee Co will open a brick-and-mortar cafe in Maplewood, most likely in early 2023. The vegan cafe is moving into space vacated by Stone Spiral Coffee & Curiosities at 2500, boul. Sutton.

Owner Jamie Herman started Looking Meadow Coffee Co in October 2020. The business was originally run by a rehabbed vintage RV, selling coffee drinks and vegan baked goods. The camper retired in July 2021 following an accident, but Herman persisted and can be found at the Looking Meadow table every Saturday at Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, as well as other markets, festivals and private events.

Looking Meadow’s brick-and-mortar cafe will expand the range of espresso drinks – lattes, cappuccinos and more – Herman has offered at its market stand for the past two years. All drinks are served with vegan milk options. Herman also offers chai lattes and matcha lattes, and makes its own syrups, as well as homemade lemonade and sparkling sodas. In the new space, she hopes to obtain a liquor license, which will allow her to add cocktails to the menu.

On the side of ledger baked goods, Herman’s market stall offers a range of items she bakes herself, including yeast-fried donuts, cinnamon rolls, cookies, brownies and more. A family recipe for zucchini bread has been one of her favorite dishes since the beginning, and she also regularly sells her individual vegan quiches. Going from a commissary kitchen to your own space will open up new possibilities. “That’s why I’m excited to have a cafe, I’m going to expand that menu,” Herman said.

This expansion could include sandwiches and salads during the week and a weekend brunch menu. “I want to do everything you’d find in a brunch place, but made vegan,” Herman said. “Brunch is my favorite thing to do, so I want to make it big and fun.”

After taking over the lease of the Maplewood space, Herman’s plans are still taking shape. She hopes to open up space for a bigger coffee bar and add a full kitchen, but said she is still pitching ideas to contractors to find out what is feasible. “As for the seats, those areas will stay the same, I’ll just redecorate and try to find the best fit for my vision,” she said.

Former Stone Spiral patrons are also eager to hear whether Looking Meadow will continue its predecessor’s tradition of live music on the terrace. “I hadn’t really thought about it,” Herman said. “But if that’s what everyone wants, I’m happy to do patio music!” The terrace will also be dog-friendly, for customers who wish to bring their canine friends to the café.

Herman said his target launch date “optimistically” is December 2022, but realistically Maplewood may have to wait until February 2023 for his new cafe to open. Follow Looking Meadow Coffee Co on Instagram for the latest updates.