2012-11-23 / In the News

Owner finds spot for third coffee shop

A late-November opening is planned for St. Joe’s Coffee on Gorham Road
By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


St. Joe’s Coffee, a new coffee shop and café will be opening on the corner of Mussey Road and Gorham Road within the next few weeks. Construction crews were hard at work this week to open before December. (Michael Kelley photo) St. Joe’s Coffee, a new coffee shop and café will be opening on the corner of Mussey Road and Gorham Road within the next few weeks. Construction crews were hard at work this week to open before December. (Michael Kelley photo) When Jason Miller drove past a vacant building on the corner of Gorham Road and Mussey Road earlier this year, he saw the property as the perfect place to open his third coffee shop/café.

Turns out David Darling, who has owned the property for years, also felt a coffee shop/café was the perfect use for the space.

“He had the space up for rent. I came to look at it and we talked it out,” said Miller.

Darling said he and Miller didn’t know each other before that, but with his background in real estate and Miller’s background in operating a coffee shop/café, it made sense for the two men to partner and open St. Joe’s Coffee at 220 Gorham Road. Miller owns and operates St. Joe’s Coffee locations on School Street in Gorham and 449 Route 1 in York.

“I really feel this was the right business for the right location,” Darling said of the 220 Gorham Road property. “I thought a coffee shop or ice cream place would really fly here.”

The property, Darling said, is easily accessible from the Maine Mall and is close to 8 Corners Primary School and a short drive to the Oak Hill and Dunstan Corner sections of Scarborough.

The coffee shop will be is the third business that has operated in the space since the mid-1990s. Both businesses left the property in favor of locations in a different part of Scarborough.

Darling Bunkbeds operated on the Gorham Road property from 1996 until 2002 when it moved to a larger location on Route 1. The business has since closed and the building is home to Darling Properties, Darling’s real estate business. Glazey Days, a paint-your-own pottery and glass studio, was in the space for a few years, but moved to a storefront in the Oak Hill shopping plaza in September.

Darling and Miller said they are hoping to open the coffee shop/café before December

“We are pushing for Black Friday,” Darling said. “That is our goal. We’re are here every day working.”

The work, Darling said, is being done by Maine contractors, including Johnson and Jordan, a mechanical contractor company, located nearby at 18 Mussey Road, that is doing the HVAC work.

“We like being local,” Darling said. “We like to work with local businesses.”

When the café does open, it will offer handmade doughnuts, bakery items, a wide variety of breakfast sandwiches, wraps and other offerings. The coffee will be provided by Seacoast Coffee, a Portland roaster that Miller has been working with for years.

“Jason and I felt there was a hole in the marketplace for this type of food in this section of town,” Darling said.

“It’s good food done right,” said Miller, who has a culinary arts degree and worked as the pastry chef at the White Barn Inn in Kennebunk prior to opening his first café.

The café, he said, will introduce the Scarborough market to “the bennie,” a New Orleans style doughnut that will come with a choice of three dipping sauces: dark chocolate, blueberry or maple cinnamon. The bennie, or beignet as it is known in the United States, is a rich, yet light and fluffy dough ball that is deep fried, topped with powdered sugar and served hot.

The café, which will have six to eight seats, is scheduled to be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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