This Week's Dish: Rise Coffee House Under New Ownership

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

Owner Jessie Mueller has turned the reigns of Rise Coffee House over to general manager Aaron Johnson. As reported by Feast, Johnson—who has worked in the coffee industry for 15 years in respected local spots like Kaldi’s and Sump—went from avid customer to barista, then general manager to now owner in a year. “After weighing every option,” Mueller says in a Facebook post, “it was clear that Aaron was the best fit for what he has helped Rise become: a leader in the #STL coffee community and a voice for progressive reform in our region.” 4180 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.769.9535


Photo courtesy of Rise

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