By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN Papa D’s Coffee Café, formerly Latté Da, is the new name of the coffee shop in Dassel.
Owners Del and Barb Wagner of Litchfield purchased the shop in mid-November from previous owner Carin Riebe.
The Wagners Del, a retired police officer, and Barb, a human resources director at Litchfield Public Schools have been interested in opening a coffee shop for about two years, even stockpiling equipment for when that day would come.
They have also been educating themselves and training with area roasters, including Minnesota Roasting Company in Litchfield, True Stone in St. Paul, and Alakaf in Duluth.
Papa D’s Coffee Café, named after the nickname Del’s grandchildren gave him, is looking to expand the menu to include fresh bakery items, artisan breads for sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade soups, and loaded baked potatoes.
The café has also been remodeled to reflect the new ownership, including new paint, furniture, and wall hangings.
In addition to an expanded menu, Papa D’s will also offer catering to businesses within a 25-mile radius with only a minimum purchase required and no delivery fee.
“Our goal is to really come into the community and get involved,” Del said, noting they are already making a lot of new friends.
Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon. The Wagners are also looking at expanding hours and bringing in live music and entertainment.