MAHOMET — Two Mahomet couples have big plans for a new establishment that they hope to make a destination spot for not just local folks but all Central Illinois residents and beyond.
If all goes well, Company Coffee & Wine should open sometime in May, the investors said.
Couples Lee and Brooke Starks, and Mike and Elizabeth McDermith, are behind the venture. The Starks had considered a similar business for a couple of years, and then they got together with the McDermiths and the vision became more clear.
Company Coffee & Wine is set to locate next to Yellow & Co., which is owned by the McDermiths, at 604 E. Main St. in Mahomet, part of WesPark Plaza.
“We got together and talked about what we thought our vision was two years ago, and what their current vision is, and they were very similar,” Lee Starks explained Tuesday. “So we decided to move forward.”
The idea is for a space that offers a quiet atmosphere for conversation and a patron’s choice from among coffee, numerous wines, some craft beers and some spirits. A coffee bar will sit in one corner of the establishment, and living room-style sets of furniture will be available for couples or groups to gather and relax, Starks said.
“It’s going to be really cool,” he said.
Some food will be available, although it will not be prepared on-site. Lucky Moon Pies & More of Mahomet will assist with breakfast foods, for example, Lee Starks said.
There will be room for musical performances by a single or duo or small group, but the idea is for a place where people can gather and enjoy talking, not the often boisterous atmsophere of a tavern, for example.
“A lot of people come to Mahomet to use Lake of the Woods, or Barber Park ... and we’re hoping to give them a destination to go to when they’re done doing their workout, or if they’re done kayaking, come on by and have a glass of wine or a craft beer,” Starks said.
He said the business will be pet friendly.
Also, Company Coffee & Wine will offer patrons the chance to take home some wine even if, for example, they try a vintage but do not finish drinking the contents of a bottle while on-site. For a “corkage fee,” they will be able to take a bottle with them, Starks explained.