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Independent coffee shop to open in Gateway

An independent coffee shop is coming soon to the Gateway Plaza at The University of Toledo.

Brew is expected to open to the public at the end of the year in time for the start of spring semester at the retail center on the corner of UT Main Campus on Secor Road at Dorr Street.

Jennifer Erd, owner of Brew, is excited the coffee shop will be moving to the Gateway Plaza.

The coffee bar will be located between Barnes & Noble University Bookstore and Huntington Bank. It is moving to Gateway from its original location near campus on the south side of Dorr Street.

“We love coffee, and we opened our business in 2016 because we felt there was a need for coffee shops around the UT area,” Jennifer Erd, owner of Brew, said. “Approximately 70 percent of our customers are students, so being closer to student housing, faculty and classrooms makes sense. Plus, Gateway gives us double the space.”

Brew serves coffee from Zingerman’s Coffee in Ann Arbor, along with local, made-from-scratch pastries and desserts from All Crumbs Artesian Bakery, 7 Little Cupcakes, Libby’s 17 Second Cookies, and So Sweet Lebanese and French Pastries.

“We also hope to add craft beer, wine and ice cream to our menu,” Erd said. “Along with being an awesome local coffee shop, we want people to think of us as a nice, after-dinner option, too. We will continue to promote local artists by displaying and selling their work and offering open-mic sessions every month.”

“Brew will be a great addition to Gateway,” Brenda Lee, president of the UT Foundation, said. “We are excited for them to join our vibrant campus.”

Brew will be located on the south end of the Gateway, which also includes Rice Blvd., Verizon Wireless Zone, Great Clips, Jimmy John’s, Bubble Tea and Domino’s Pizza.