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Owners sell Eastown coffee shop

November 4, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Kava House turns 20
Kava House has been a staple of Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood since 1993. Courtesy Kava House

A staple of the Grand Rapids coffee scene has been sold.

The mother-daughter pair of Pam Murray and Leigh Vander Molen announced last night the sale of Kava House, which is located in the city’s Eastown neighborhood, at 1445 Lake Dr. SE.

The pair opened the coffee shop 23 years ago, at a time there weren't many independent coffee shops.

“Two decades and millions of espresso shots later, the duo is ready to place the coveted location in new hands. They would like to thank all of their customers and employees, past and present,” a Kava House Facebook post says.

The "new tenants" will be a joint venture between Rowster Coffee in Grand Rapids and Joel Wabeke, one-time chef at Terra in Grand Rapids and most recently chef de cuisine at Wright & Company in Detroit, the post says.

More information will be "forthcoming."

Kava House’s last day will be Nov. 20.

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