Madcap Coffee is seeking approval from its home city Grand Rapids, Mich., to convert a former 8,000-square-foot dry cleaning and gas station building into a new roastery and headquarters, with future plans to develop an adjacent coffee bar.
In a filing with the Planning Commission late last month, Madcap’s plan also includes space for Grand Rapids-based micro Brewery Vivant, which would use a portion of the new facility for barrel aging and storage.
The six-year-old company — founded by former barista competitor and current Barista Guild of America chair Trevor Corlett — has won numerous national awards for its coffees and has has wholesale accounts and many high-end cafes from coast to coast. Madcap currently operates its original roastery and cafe at 98 Monroe Center NW, as well as a Washington D.C. roastery and lab.
The new facility, at 1041 E Fulton., would house Madcap’s roasting operations and provide new company offices. A section of the building currently being used by a photography/video company is being envisioned as a new retail bar. Madcap’s proposal, submitted by real estate broker Chris Muller, promises to dramatically transform the currently homely looking building and its streetfront into a vibrant retail space that fits well with existing craft food and brewery companies in the neighborhood, including a nearby farmers market.