After 15 years serving up coffee and food on Commercial Street, Big Momma’s Coffee and Espresso Bar LLC is expanding.
CEO Lyle Foster said a drive-thru location near the intersection of Boonville Avenue and Division Street is expected to open in early September. The 800-square-foot building at 1620 N. Boonville Ave., which has been vacant, was once a Commerce Bank branch, Foster said. A bank spokesperson said the branch closed in January 2018.
The second Big Momma's location will also offer lunch during the week from another of the restaurateur's ventures: Queen City Soul Kitchen.
Just a five-minute walk from the flagship Big Momma’s at 217 E. Commercial St., Foster said the drive-thru is in response to a shift in consumer behaviors.
“Our parking is beginning to be a concern. Many times, people want to just come in and get something and keep going,” he said. “We are trying to respond to what we see as a very changing marketplace.
“How do we be smarter, more efficient, more effective, perhaps, in some ways."
Foster estimated a $50,000 investment in the building to open. He leases the building from The General Council of the Assemblies of God, which is listed as the property owner on the Greene County Assessor’s website.
The shop will serve a limited Big Momma’s menu of coffee and espresso drinks and pastries, Foster said, and will have four or five employees.
He said after the launch of lunch service from Queen City Soul Kitchen, the future of the restaurant’s location at 2006 N. Broadway Ave. “will be evaluated going forward.” Big Momma’s location on C-Street will remain open, Foster said.
Oke-Thomas & Associates Inc. is the project’s architect, Vandersluis Engineering is the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer and the Assemblies of God is handling construction in-house.
The announcement comes as Big Momma’s celebrates 15 years in business this evening with an event on C-Street. Foster said he’s grateful as he reflects on the business.
“So much of my vision was that Big Momma's would be a community gathering spot, a place to build community, to engage community – essentially, to be community,” he said.
Editor’s note: Read A Conversation With... Lyle Foster in the Aug. 8 edition of Springfield Business Journal.
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