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“Hidden coffee.”
Review of Founders Cafe

Founders Cafe
Ranked #133 of 1,468 Restaurants in Rochester
Price range: US$ 4 - US$ 12
Cuisines: Soups
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Description: Founders Cafe offers freshly made sandwiches, panini and salads, and home style soups made from locally grown and sourced ingredients. We serve locally roasted espresso coffees and an outstanding house blend drip coffee. We also serveseveral modes of pourover coffee. Founders Cafe is located downtown, in the government center and within walking distance of the Convention Center.
Reviewed 16 January 2018

Met a friend for coffee on a Mon after a Sat snowfall. The signs indicating where the shop is located were covered in snow, the sidewalks less than shoveled and the streets typical city plow job. The place is spacious, staff friendly and quick to fill the order. The chairs are not comfortable in any manner but the table tops are very unique. It is located in a historic building but unfortunately, they did not capitalize on that in any way. The coffee was medium hot but a tad bitter...like a Starbuck's. There appears to be a menu for breakfast and lunch with OK prices.

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639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for taking the time to review us. Sorry you didn’t like the chair and that the coffee wasn’t to your liking. A couple of clarifications I’d like to mention, though-
Sidewalk shoveling is the city’s responsibility and despite me hand shoveling it’s a little hard to completely clear the sidewalk after it not being taken care of for two days.
As far as not taking advantage of being in an historic building, you may have missed the 15’ X 12’ mural depicting Nathaniel Rochester as well as the table cards explaining the eight “Founders” of Rochester. Next time you’re in, we’d be glad to show you.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Found this a few months ago. The breakfast sandwiches are awesome. So is the cappacino. The coffee is OK. No flavors which is what I like best. It's very nice in the cafe and near county business offices.

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639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Thanks for stopping in as well as for taking the time to post the great review. We look forward to seeing you again. Hopefully, soon!

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Reviewed 20 November 2017

I had the Chipotle Chicken Avacado panini for lunch. It was very flavorful & unique! I will definitely be getting lunch here again. And there are so many tasty sounding choices on the menu, I will have a hard time choosing what to get next. Highly recommend this place for a great sandwich!

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639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Thanks so much!for the terrific review,Alissa. Glad you enjoyed your lunch. Hope we see you again soon!

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Great build your own breakfast sandwiches that are made to order. Lunch is equally good. Your order is filled pretty quickly and you can call ahead to place the order

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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

I concur with the other positive reviews.
Founder's Cafe is tucked in a building off of Main Street. There are table and chairs outside, but otherwise no indication there is a restaurant in the building.
Upon entering the restaurant I was given a friendly greeting and an offer of help with the menu.
I came for breakfast so I got the Colorado breakfast sandwich. It was very good.
I did not have lunch, but based upon the breakfast I would highly recommend this as a place for a casual lunch as well.

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Michael E, Manager at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

Thanks for stopping in and for sharing your experience here. We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you next time you're in town!

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