Patrick Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.orgPublished 2:43 p.m. CT Jan. 5, 2018 | Updated 4:21 p.m. CT Jan. 5, 2018
Coffee is one of the strongest ties that bind the Source Roastery + Taproom to the business that came before.
Beans are sourced from the same places, roasted by the same guy in the same machine, brought over from the demolished strip mall that once housed the much-beloved Black Sheep coffeeshop.
But the beverage that warms patrons’ mugs and bellies isn’t the only common bondbetween Black Sheep and The Source, which opens Saturday.
“We will always remain a place where everyone is welcome, any walk of life, we’re here,” said co-owner Kristin Chau said. “That’s not going to change, that’s how Black Sheep was and that’s how The Source will be as well.”
But Chau also recognized an opportunity to update the brand, and her vision for the new space is evident in the modern industrial design of the new place.
Located in the Jones 421 mixed-use building at 421 N. Phillips Ave. in downtown Sioux Falls, The Source feels like a blend between a coffee shop and an urban taproom. That’s because it is.
In an effort to draw and keep more patrons in the later hours, The Source also offers a self-serve tap wall with a wide selection of beers hand-picked by Chau and others involved with the business.
Beer drinkers get an electronic bracelet that allows them to pick and choose beers from the different taps, paying by the ounce. The bracelets must be reset by an employee every 32 ounces.
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Designed by Chau’s sister, Haley Rogers, it incorporates styles that feel both sleek and welcoming.
“You feel like you’re at home,” Rogers said.
Rogers is a designer for HR Interior Design. She drew up a dining space designed to meet the needs of both beer and coffee drinkers.
The Source’s wooden tables were handmade by Chau’s father and a friend. Chau’s parents are both co-owners, and so is her husband, Linn Chau.
But one of Kristen Chau’s favorite features is something she brought over from Black Sheep: The roasting machine in the far western corner. It’s the same one Black Sheep started with when it opened.
“I love the space,” Chau said. “It turned out exactly how I imagined.”
Store hours are 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.