ReGrow Dining Spotlight
Greg & Kathy Rick – Owners
Twenty-six years ago, Greg & Kathy Rick opened this charming coffee shop at Hoffman Corner in WBL. At the time Café Cravings was the first and only drive-through Espresso Bar in the Twin Cities. “In the beginning, about two-thirds of our business was beverages”, says Rick. One day a regular asked if they could get an order of scrambled eggs, and a robust and successful hot and cold food operation was born and grew from there. Over time the café has transitioned to a full-service breakfast, lunch, and catering operation, that today makes up most of their sales.
The Café has been a family operation since the beginning, providing a great learning experience for the whole family; instilling a great work ethic, and developing valuable life skills; Kathy’s baking skills contributing greatly to their success. Their loyal, dedicated staff take pride in their healthy, scratch cooking. They use sustainable and organic products whenever possible and are a leader in the marketplace for Gluten-Free baked goods. Creative soups, like Organic Chicken-Wild Rice are top sellers and can be purchased by the quart for take-out. All soups and hot items may be purchased at the drive–through. Other Signature items include: Carrot Cake, Orange Caramel Cake, Almond Bars, and Special K Bars; all available whole or by the piece.
The Ricks are lifelong WBL residents and giving back is important to the family. They’ve supported many community events with donations over the years, including providing free lunches for school children in the district early on in the pandemic. They know most of their customers by name and offer a loyalty program for repeat customers.
Cravings offers several catering options, with advance notice, for large and small events, including several Holiday creations. Their user-friendly online ordering system was implemented early on at www.cravingsmn.com and everything on the menu is available for Take-Out. The Café is open every day from 7:00am to 1:00pm.
This article written by Ken Galloway, and originally featured in the White Bear Press.