Business Intel: Downshift pivots to new model, separating bikes from cafe | Business Local

Downshift Bikes & Brews, a bike shop and cafe in downtown Roanoke, is changing its business model.

Owner Stephen Ambruzs said Downshift will continue to service bicycles, but not sell them, at a new space at 210 Fourth St. S.W. When safer to do so, it will resume hosting group rides and events. The cafe and coffee shop are closed for now, but some favorite menu items will eventually be available through a partnership with Golden Cactus Brewing.

The changes are the result of several factors, Ambruz said. The community-building aspect of the business provided by the coffee shop and group rides has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s an extremely limited supply of bikes, parts and accessories given this year’s boom in cycling. He’s also juggling becoming a father.

“We needed to change what we were doing in order to both be sort of current with how

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Cafe Osage permanently closes in the Central West End (updated with owner comment) | Off the Menu

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Request: cauliflower Benedict

The cauliflower Benedict; roasted cauliflower, poached eggs and prosciutto topped with hollandaise, photographed on Friday, April 6, 2018, is a recipe request of Cafe Osage (at Bowood Farms). Osage is located at 4605 Olive Street in St. Louis. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]




This post has been updated with comments from Cafe Osage’s owner.

Cafe Osage, the restaurant at the Bowood Farms nursery at 4605 Olive Street in the Central West End, has permanently closed, ending a 12-year run. The restaurant announced the closure Saturday on social media.

“We are all so thankful for all the gatherings of friends & families and the ongoing patronage and support,” the post states. “We are also proud of our loyal staff; we have worked together for many years. The bustling buzz of the cafe on a beautiful day brought us great joy and it will be missed.

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