By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN Former Winsted Holy Trinity student Taylor Bachman always loved the Road House Coffee Shop, but until a few weeks ago, she never expected to own the place.
“It all happened really fast; it’s exciting,” said Bachman, who currently lives in Waverly.
The previous owner, Brad Millerbernd, purchased the business in July 2011 as a way to keep the storefront open and provide employment for youth. At that time, Millerbernd (who is president of Millerbernd Systems in Winsted) said, “At some point it will be up for sale again, and if someone is interested in operating it full time, that would be the ideal scenario.”
That “ideal scenario” appeared shortly after Millerbernd closed the Road House doors the second week in April.
Bachman remembers driving by, planning to order her usual Heath mocha, when she saw that the place was no longer open.
“I asked my dad [Scott Bachman] about it, because he is really good friends with Brad,” Bachman recalled.
For the next week, Bachman deliberated purchasing the business.
“It was not an easy decision to make,” she said. “Obviously, it’s a large investment.”
Before, Bachman had been working as a certified nursing assistant while earning a nursing degree. She and her fiancé, Eugene Boehlke (a former classmate at Holy Trinity) have a 5-month-old son, Lucas.
Since starting her family, Bachman said she’s been ready to try a new career path and the Road House was an opportunity she didn’t want to pass up.
After finalizing the purchase, Bachman hired her friend Heather Foust as manager.
Foust, who graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 2008, has previous coffee-shop experience and is also a trained cake decorator.
“That’s something we’re adding in here,” Foust said, explaining that customers can order cakes for special occasions, as well as cookies, brownies, and other desserts.
Food brands will be new, and many items will be made from scratch.
Another addition is “energy twisters,” which are mixed from energy drinks and fruit juices.
For the most part, though, the Road House will still be the same coffee shop customers have come to enjoy, with True Stone coffee, monthly specials, soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, and oblaten (edible wafers).
Gift certificates, punch cards, and Laker cards will continue to be honored, as well.
The coffee shop will open Monday, May 20, and a special re-grand opening event will take place at the Road House Saturday, June 1.
The new hours are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
To learn more about the Road House or to place a cake order, call (320) 485-2217, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.theroadhousecoffeeshop.com.
Note: The Road House Coffee Shop hours listed reflect current hours. An earlier version of this story listed hours that had been planned previously.