Firefly coffee bistro coming soon


It won’t be long before Corcoran residents have a new coffee shop to frequent, a place to call their own.

Actually, the term “coffee shop” doesn’t adequately describe the new Firefly Coffee Bistro opening at 3445 Cedar Avenue South, just a couple doors down from the Corcoran Neighborhood Office next to the Susan Hensel Gallery. With many years of food service experience between them, owners Channa Tastsides and Troy Lerch are excited to share the friendly conversations, great food, and cozy inviting ambience with the Corcoran neighborhood they are known for at their Lake Nokomis location. Featuring locally roasted Fair-trade coffee and Sebastian Joe’s award winning ice cream, combined with Channa’s coffee expertise and Troy’s culinary creativity, the menu will include something for everyone…even vegetarians. Along with an extensive list of espresso drinks, coffee and other beverages, they will offer a variety of breakfast items, salads, panini sandwiches, pizzas, and desserts.

Firefly owners Channa and Troy heard about the recently vacated space, previously occupied by Coffee Eclectic and Riche’s Kicken Cafe, from Brothers Electric owner Denny Letson. Denny had stopped by their Nokomis location to give them a bid on electrical work and he mentioned that the former coffee shop’s space was available. Denny and his brother Mike, co- owners of Brothers Electric, own the building where the new Firefly Coffee Bistro will open in early November 2007.

Channa and Troy weren’t really thinking about expanding, but they were intrigued by the opportunity and decided to take a look. Excited to find out that the shop was laid out and equipped similar to the original Firefly Coffee Bistro, they quickly decided it was an opportunity they didn’t want to pass up. Since then, they have been moving full steam ahead, painting and redecorating to prepare to open. Channa and Troy are both very much “people” people; they take great pride in getting to know theirregulars and what they like. They look forward to developing partnerships with Corcoran residents and businesses and they aspire to be a place where friends and neighbors gather. Familiar with challenges inherent in any new business venture, they recognize the importance of the neighborhood support, and just how critical of a role Corcoran and surrounding neighborhood residents and business owners play in making the new Firefly Coffee Bistro a success.

Mark your calendar to check out the Firefly Coffee Bistro at its new Cedar Avenue location. Starting Monday, November 12th 2007, the new Corcoran neighborhood venue will be open seven days a week, 6:30am to 3:00 pm. Stop by the Corcoran Neighborhood office to pick up a flyer for a complimentary drink of your choice, and a business card which rewards repeat customers by offering every tenth drink purchase free of charge. For more information, visit the website at, call (612) 721-3473, or pay them a visit at their 5155 Bloomington Avenue South location.