FAIRFIELD — Texas Street through West Texas Street to Interstate 80 is already one of Fairfield’s caffeine corridors and it’s about to get even more caffeinated.
Coffee fans along these 2 miles already have the choice of Starbucks, Glimpses Coffee House and Chocolatte. They can stop at Rosanna’s Bakery or Jelly Donut if they want something sweet with their caffeine. They can stop at McDonald’s or Jack in the Box if they want a fast food breakfast with their brew.
If they don’t mind branching off from West Texas Street a bit, they can go to He Brews It! Cafe on Enterprise Drive.
Now comes Dutch Bros. Coffee at 1420 W. Texas St. It has a new building with a sloping, blue roof and windmill logo and is a drive-thru only. It is to have its grand opening by the end of the month.
Kayleigh and Walker Slover are the owners of the local Dutch Bros. franchise, the first in Solano County.
The Slovers grew up in Grants Pass, Ore., where Dutch Bros. has its headquarters. Kayleigh Slover worked as a barista there for Dutch Bros. Walker Slover was a frequent customer.
“That’s how we met,” Kayleigh Slover said. “Talking to him through the drive-thru window.”
Those 30-second conversations led to dating. That led to getting married.
How the Slovers got from Grants Pass to Fairfield all ties in with Dutch Bros.
Kayleigh Slover’s brother’s friend got a Dutch Bros. franchise in Woodland and her brother went to work there. Her brother ended up with franchises in Crescent City and Brookings, Ore., but also thought Fairfield would be a good location.
Only Dutch Bros. employees can get franchises, Kayleigh Slover said. She decided to join her brother as a franchise owner and do so in Solano County.
“We love it here,” Kayleigh Slover said. “We’ve been down here for about a year now.”
They live in Vacaville near the border with Fairfield, Kayleigh Slover said. They have a 15-month-old son.
Dairy farmers Dane and Travis Boersma founded Dutch Bros. in Grants Pass, Ore. in 1992. It has grown to have 200 locations in seven states. Dutch Bros. calls itself the largest privately held drive-thru coffee business in the nation.
One strategy used was free drink days and give-aways, a company release said.
That tradition will continue in Fairfield on the local Dutch Bros. opening day. The shop plans to have free medium-sized drinks available, Kayleigh Slover said.
“It is anticipated that there may be some congestion at times,” the Slovers wrote in a press release. “However, our crews will be doing their best to get the crowds moved through quickly.”
Kayleigh Slover said Dutch Bros. is known for The Kicker. This drink includes expresso and Irish cream.
Dutch Bros. has a range of other coffee offerings, along with fruit smoothies, teas and its Blue Rebel energy drink.
The Fairfield shop will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
As soon as it opens, the Texas Street caffeine corridor will offer one more option.
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