If things go as planned, a new owner will take over the Coffee Grounds in Falcon Heights as of Feb. 1.
Dave Lawrence, who has owned the coffee shop at 1579 N. Hamline Ave. for the past 11 years, declined to discuss details due to the pending nature of the sale. But he confirmed his plans on the Coffee Grounds Facebook site.
In a note to “friends and customers,” Lawrence said, “It has always been my goal to make life just a little better for each and every person who walked in our door. I want you to know that your patronage has enriched mine.”
The new ownership group appears to be headed by Tim Cheesebrow, who also used the Facebook page, in part, to reassure customers. He could not be reached for comment.
“Rest assured (the Coffee Grounds) will not become a Starbucks,” Cheesebrow wrote. “We are a local family business that will continue to run the shop with an independent spirit.”
Cheesebrow, himself a musician, is executive director of MusicWorks Minnesota, a nonprofit organization with an emphasis on helping artists create original music.
At the Coffee Grounds, Cheesebrow pledged, “The music will continue and there will be even more opportunities for singer/songwriters because . . . MusicWorks Minnesota will be providing music programming, classes, jams and more.”