Dutch Bros. opening soon on Mooney

Dutch Bros. will open across from COS in the next two weeks; Ono Hawaiian BBQ will open next door in May 2021

VISALIA – Breaks between classes at College of the Sequoias is about to get a little faster and sweeter as a new coffee shop and restaurant are scheduled to open across the street.

Dutch Bros. Coffee, the West Coast drive-thru coffee and energy drink chain, should open within the next week or two, according to property owner J.R. Shannon. Dutch Bros. coffee is the sweetened alternative to Starbucks’ bold coffee and only offers drive-thru and takeout. The company is headquartered in Grants Pass, Oregon, where it was founded in 1992 by dairyman Dane and Travis Boersma. Dutch Bros serves specialty coffee, smoothies, freezes, teas, a private-label Dutch Bros Blue Rebel energy drink and nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee.

“Visalia has been wanting a Dutch Bros. for years and we are excited to be able them to bring them to town,” Shannon said.

Dutch Bros. is one of three new businesses coming to the corner of Mooney Boulevard and Myrtle Street. The 6,400-square foot building is directly across from COS’ Visalia campus on property the community college had set aside for future parking. Shannon purchased the property two years ago after answering a request for proposals from COS.

“These are places students and professors can grab a quick meal without having to get in their car,” Shannon said. “I’ve always wanted to do a Mooney project and it’s almost done.”

Dutch Bros Coffee is the country’s largest privately held drive-thru coffee company, with more than 380 locations and approximately 12,000 employees in seven states. To learn more about Dutch Bros, visit www.dutchbros.com, like Dutch Bros Coffee on Facebook, follow @dutchbroscoffee on Instagram and @DutchBros on Twitter.

Dutch Bros. has rapidly expanded its Valley footprint in the last month opening locations in Lemoore on Nov. 6, Clovis on Nov. 30 and with plans to open a location in Sanger sometime next year. The Mooney Boulevard location will be the second in Visalia. The other is being built on Akers Street just south of Cypress Avenue. It is part of a new development being built on land parceled off by the county at the north end of the Sheriff/Fire department headquarters. That project will also include Taco Bell, Little Caesar’s and Sourdough & Co.

“The demand for drive-thru eateries is increasing as the pandemic wears on,” Shannon said. “I think next you will see a push for more creative patio spaces for outdoor dining.”

There is a little bit of a patio at the south end of the new commercial strip where Ono Hawaiian BBQ plans to open by May 2021. Known for its island-inspired Hawaiian plates, Ono Hawaiian BBQ’s core menu features island specialties like Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, Spam Musubi, Chicken Katsu and more through a fusion of Japanese, Korean, Chinese and American flavors. The interior design incorporates an inviting yet industrial chic feel inspired by Hawaii’s rustic elements including reclaimed wood walls, rope lighting, aqua tiles and tropical planters.

There are already three Ono’s in Fresno and Bakersfield, but the nearest location is located at 520 Woollomes Ave., Suite 102-103 in Delano. For more information, please call 951-658-0488 or visit www.onohawaiianBBQ.com.

“While there have been some delays, the pandemic hasn’t really slowed down the demand for new businesses in Visalia,” Shannon said. “I think that’s a really good sign for our local economy.”

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