The Indy first spoke to R&R owner Ryan Wanner about the new location in April, 2019, who said at the time, “The No. 1 goal is to make it to where it’s not your typical medical center coffee shop… Make it interesting.”
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- R&R Tri-Lakes shares space with the YMCA and Centura Health’s Tri-Lakes Health Pavilion.
Wanner says the coffee menu’s 95-percent the same as in Black Forest, but he has aimed for healthier food fares here to match both the neighboring fitness and health facilities. Which is to say if you want R&R’s awesome biscuits and gravy, you still have to head into Black Forest for that.
Here, Wanner has added more smoothies, and already in the cafe’s opening days, the turkey croissant (which is at Black Forest’s location as well) is a bestseller, he says, also noting a new multigrain bread. Soon, he hopes to add some keto items he’s been tinkering with recipes on. And maybe some avocado toast.
R&R’s popular in-house pastries will definitely be served at this new location for those still looking for a sweet treat. Wanner says he aims to make seasonal menu changes as this cafe moves forward, with a more flexible menu than the Black Forest location.
Relatedly, Wanner notes a couple breweries in town currently serving beers made with R&R’s Golden Pine label coffee beans: Black Forest Brewing has a Guatemalan coffee vanilla porter, while JAKs Brewing Company is still serving a coffee stout made with Monsooned Malabar cold brew coffee.