Roots in Waukesha, 363 W. Main St., will close its doors
at the end of the day today. General manager Nathan
Darrow bought the Waukesha location in favor of opening
up his own coffee shop, Mountain Top Coffee.
Alex Nemec/Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA — The Roots location in
Waukesha, 363 W. Main St., will close at the end of the business day
today for good in favor of a new coffee shop that hopes to open up
Nathan Darrow, the current general manager of the Roots in Waukesha,
said he bought the business from the owners, Heidi Laatsch and
Darrow plans on closing the coffee shop this weekend to prepare his
new coffee shop, Mountain Top Coffee.
Darrow said he has been with Roots for about four years and told
Laatsch and Devries when he was hired that his eventual goal was to
open a coffee shop of his own.
“It’s been great,” Darrow said. “They have worked alongside me the
last couple years, making sure I know everything and how to run the
business and stuff like that.”
Even though the only real “mountain” is the lowly hill just outside
of downtown that Waukesha Memorial Hospital sits atop, Darrow said
his name doesn’t have Wisconsin ties.
“The name came from when I lived in North Carolina, which is when I
realized I wanted to open a coffee shop,” he said. “When I was there
I picked the name and it fit being around mountains. When I moved
back home here I still always liked the name.
“The name itself is a good conversation piece about where it came
Darrow, a Milwaukee native who has lived in Waukesha for a few
years, said he is planning on keeping Anodyne Coffee as his supplier
at Mountain Top Coffee and will keep the same bakery options, which
are all baked fresh in-store.
With the 4th of July parade coming up on Thursday, Darrow said he
wants to have Mountain Top Coffee open in time for the celebrations
and loves all of the events downtown Waukesha has to offer.
“I love the downtown area, I’m just excited to be a part of the
downtown and all the businesses and be a part of the events that
happen down here,” he said.
Darrow said he is thankful for the couple years he has had with
Laatsch and Devries and the insight they’ve given him.
“I’m excited to get to work to make the changes that need to get
done and have an opening date,” Darrow said.