Rooted Coffeehouse Creates Community Atmosphere

August 3, 2018|

Think neighborhood coffee shop. Think fixer-upper interior with white subway tiles and farmhouse décor. Think fresh pastries and specialty coffees. Think of these things and the 8-month-old coffee shop in the Market at Riverwood in Evans should come to mind.

On its website, Rooted Coffeehouse bills itself as a mission-driven community existing to cultivate relationships through the art of coffee. It provides the food, drinks and space. The relationships are up to you, the patrons.

As my three colleagues and I entered the charming eatery, we were welcomed by a friendly cashier. She gave us a few facts about Rooted as we explained this was our inaugural visit.

Although the artistic flair of the menu was creative and fit perfectly with the décor, it was a bit difficult to read. I had to stand fairly close to the menu board to decipher the offerings. Perhaps it’s my age, but I spied young boys squinting, too!

Morning, noon or night, the menu stays the course. Our party choices covered the map with sandwiches such as the caprese, turkey brie and spicy chicken on ciabatta, to name a few.

“The entire place has a very purposeful feel,” commented one colleague. “There is a long table suited for a larger group, then a round table ideal to promote discussions and even a reading lounge with a couch and chairs, a dedicated space.”

We easily found a table as the place wasn’t packed, but it was certainly busy. The steady stream of customers kept the staff on their toes.

We waited a few minutes for our drinks to be ready and had to ask more than once for the napkin dispenser to be refilled. But those are minor tweaks easily overcome.

Rooted has a pleasant atmosphere with a neighborhood feel. For a cozy conversation with clients, this would be an excellent choice. To impress an up-and-coming business whiz or to land a signature on the dotted line, Rooted would fit the bill.

Still without napkins but eager to eat, our food was delivered by an energetic employee, and she was the answer to our doily dilemma!

Presentation was simple. Taste was out of this world. The turkey brie was dripping with delicious flavor. The combination of turkey, brie, spinach and peach chili pepper spread is mouthwatering. I begged to try my colleague’s caprese and was equally enamored with the mozzarella, tomato, spinach, pesto, sundried tomato spread and balsamic glaze. The chefs earned an A+ from us.

In addition to inside seating, there are a few small tables on the outdoor patio area. Rooted is a unique, locally owned, community-minded coffee shop that is quickly proving to be more than just a place to grab a hot cup of java.

With an eye on the prize for good food, good drinks and good relationships, Rooted seems grounded in goodness. Rooted is closed on Mondays but opens at 6 a.m. on other business days.

 

Food: 4 ½

Price: 4

Location: 4

Networking: 4

Noise Level: 4 ½

Rooted Coffeehouse is at The Market at Riverwood, 3116 William Few Pkwy., Suite 1, in Evans. It is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Learn more at rootedcoffeehouse.com.

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