This link tease tells us all we need to know . . . Former cowtown coffee kingpins are now cashing out with an empty promise to keep their operations local as they make a hasty exit. The reality is that coronavirus has DECIMATED the creative class. Locals are now unable to afford expensive java and they unbriddled celebration of local hype is simply harder to sell.
Take a look:
Editor's Briefing: The Roasterie, Messenger Coffee sell, but don't sell out - Kansas City Business Journal
Fans of The Roasterie and its founder, Danny O'Neill, might have had a case of the jitters upon learning that the hometown coffee company has new ownership. After all, The Roasterie is the best-known local coffee company.