During the public hearing to consider the Dutch Bros ordinance on Feb. 27, Ron Ruthven, director of planning and development, said city officials worked extensively with the owners on the building design.
Dutch Bros Coffee started in 1992 when brothers Dane and Travis Boersma left the family dairy business to sell coffee drinks from a pushcart in Grants Pass, Oregon. There are 671 stores in the United States, including 45 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to a company investor presentation. Company officials expect to open at least 150 more stores in 2023.
The company strives to make connections with the communities they serve through philanthropic programs. Dutch Luv Day, when $1 is donated from every drink sold to local organizations that fight food insecurity, occurs every year Feb. 1. Drink one for Dane is held in honor of co-founder Dane Boersma, who died from ALS. The campaign raises funds to help increase awareness, raise support and find a cure for ALS.
Dutch Bros Coffee serves coffee-based drinks with names such as Kicker, Annihilator and Double Torture. The menu also includes energy drinks, smoothies and muffin tops.
“We’re glad you’re coming to Westlake,” Council Member Kim Greaves said after council approved the new store.
An expected opening date was not given during the Feb. 27 council meeting.