Inland Coffee Retailers LLC, a Spokane-based coffee-shop operator with four Inland Northwest outlets, has switched its franchise affiliation to Seattle-based Caffe Capri.
Until recently, 11-year-old Inland Coffee was associated with Tully's Coffee, another Seattle-based roaster and retailer, which changed hands earlier this year as the result of a corporate bankruptcy action.
Inland Coffee's two Spokane shops are located in the Browne's Addition, at 2001 W. Pacific Ave., and in the Grapetree Village development, at 2009 E. 29th, on the South Hill, says David Tawney, Inland Coffee's owner. Its other Caffe Capri outlets are in the Prairie Shopping Center, in Hayden, Idaho, and on Main Street in Union Gap, Wash., next to Yakima.
All of the outlets are sit-down cafes that serve Italian-style espresso beverages and pastries, although the South Hill outlet also has a drive-thru window, Tawney says.
Altogther, Inland Coffee has 20 employees, he says.
The Caffe Capri brand is the franchise division of Caffe D'arte, a 28-year-old coffee roaster and retailer with operations in Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and British Columbia.
"We are excited to bring a truly authentic Italian cafe experience to Eastern Washington and North Idaho," says Tawney, who adds that Inland Coffee explored a number of other potential brands before deciding on Caffe Capri.
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