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Founders Cafe

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$4 - $12
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American, Cafe, Healthy, Soups
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Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 10/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed December 11, 2019

The is a great place to get a quick bit for lunch. It's located in a absolutely beautiful historic building, and fits in very well there! The food is very good, and tastes fresh. I forget what I ordered, but it was delicious! Make sure...to stop here if you need some lunch!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2019

So glad to hear how much you liked our place and food! We appreciate the kind feedback.

Reviewed February 7, 2019 via mobile

Great panini and friendly staff at Founders. They have a good selection of sandwiches and salads too. Would go here every day for lunch if I could. Price is a little high at $11, but definitely worth it.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Michael E, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2019

First of all counselor, thanks for the great review. I'm so glad you loved the food and staff. I'd like to now address your comment about the pricing: First- 8% of that goes to the Governor, so I think 8% of your comment should be...More

Reviewed September 14, 2018

Real food that is fresh and made to order. Nice variety on the menu... They are sensitive to dietary requirements and have weekly specialty bowls,, salads, soups and sandwiches. Definitely would recommend when in the area!

Date of visit: September 2018
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Michael E, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2018

Thank you for coming in and for taking the time to give us this great feedback! Thanks, Quality_chk!

Reviewed September 4, 2018

This downtown eatery is tucked in an older building. The menu can satisfy any diet. Plenty of sandwich and salad options, allowing substitutions as needed. Specials can also be tempting on a daily basis. Cold? Try a soup! Outdoor seating is also available.

Date of visit: August 2018
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639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2018

Thanks for coming in and thanks for the kind feedback! See you soon!

Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

We visited Rochester for 4 days in August and found Founder's on day #1. Maria and Mike were so helpful, friendly and enthusiastic, s d the food and coffees so good, we happily returned each day. Ask Maria about her "Garbage Cookie"! Highly recommended!

Date of visit: August 2018
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639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2018

Thanks Paul and Marilyn! It was our pleasure to meet and feed you! All the best for the rest of your trip through America.

Reviewed January 16, 2018

Met a friend for coffee on a Mon after a Sat snowfall. The signs indicating where the shop is located were covered in snow, the sidewalks less than shoveled and the streets typical city plow job. The place is spacious, staff friendly and quick to...fill the order. The chairs are not comfortable in any manner but the table tops are very unique. It is located in a historic building but unfortunately, they did not capitalize on that in any way. The coffee was medium hot but a tad bitter...like a Starbuck's. There appears to be a menu for breakfast and lunch with OK prices.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2018

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for taking the time to review us. Sorry you didn’t like the chair and that the coffee wasn’t to your liking. A couple of clarifications I’d like to mention, though- Sidewalk shoveling is the city’s responsibility and despite me...More

Reviewed January 3, 2018

Found this a few months ago. The breakfast sandwiches are awesome. So is the cappacino. The coffee is OK. No flavors which is what I like best. It's very nice in the cafe and near county business offices.

Date of visit: November 2017
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639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2018

Thanks for stopping in as well as for taking the time to post the great review. We look forward to seeing you again. Hopefully, soon!

Reviewed November 20, 2017

I had the Chipotle Chicken Avacado panini for lunch. It was very flavorful & unique! I will definitely be getting lunch here again. And there are so many tasty sounding choices on the menu, I will have a hard time choosing what to get next....Highly recommend this place for a great sandwich!More

Date of visit: November 2017
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639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2017

Thanks so much!for the terrific review,Alissa. Glad you enjoyed your lunch. Hope we see you again soon!

Reviewed November 5, 2017

Great build your own breakfast sandwiches that are made to order. Lunch is equally good. Your order is filled pretty quickly and you can call ahead to place the order

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed September 22, 2017 via mobile

I concur with the other positive reviews. Founder's Cafe is tucked in a building off of Main Street. There are table and chairs outside, but otherwise no indication there is a restaurant in the building. Upon entering the restaurant I was given a friendly greeting...and an offer of help with the menu. I came for breakfast so I got the Colorado breakfast sandwich. It was very good. I did not have lunch, but based upon the breakfast I would highly recommend this as a place for a casual lunch as well.More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Michael E, Manager at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2017

Thanks for stopping in and for sharing your experience here. We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you next time you're in town!

Reviewed September 6, 2017

Tucked inside of a historic school building (now loft apartments) is this terrific lunch spot. Great wraps, sandwiches, salads and more made by the owner and his friendly crew. A quiet place to eat by your self or with friends, there are about a dozen...tables. I usually take out and sit on the cute tables outside during the warm weather. Not a place you'd see easily from the road, but worth checking out if you're in the downtown neighborhood.More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Michael E, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2017

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to write a review. I wish I wasn't so "hidden", but Im glad to be a "gem." We look forward to welcoming you back.

Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

Just walked by this amazing building with this gem inside. The menu was fantastic and each of us (12 in our group) had a great lunch. The chicken salad BLT hit the spot for me. If in Rochester you have to swing by!!

Date of visit: July 2017
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639MichaelE, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2017

Thanks for finding us! Glad you and your families enjoyed your lunch. Hopefully, we'll be a regular halfway tradition!

Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

There is a need for this kind of classy lunch spot downtown. So this is the place. Sandwiches, salads, soups, and really lovely service. And a nice outdoor patio in front. In a very historic building. I recommend it highly and it represents Rochester really...well. Thanks for being there. 😀More

Date of visit: April 2017
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Michael E, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2019

Thanks, Jennifer. So glad you liked it!

Reviewed May 16, 2017 via mobile

I think this has the best selection of sandwiches in Rochester and certainly in the downtown area. Really great selection of food and terrific coffee and other hot drinks. The service is also very good - the staff seems to really care about the customers...and it appears that they were hired because they know what they're doing. Definitely worth it.More

Date of visit: February 2017
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Michael E, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2019

Thank you so much for the great feedback!

Reviewed May 16, 2017 via mobile

Sandwich was very good. Bread was very fresh and tasty! It was honey wheat bread with egg salad and fresh greens and avocado. I had never had egg salad like this but I will go back for it again. I have also had the breakfast...muffins. Also fresh and very flavorful. So if you want a tasty treat, try this place. You won't be disappointed and the price is reasonable.More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Michael E, Owner at Founders Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2019

Glad you liked the egg salad. (My mom's recipe!)

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Yes, Founders Cafe offers takeout services.

Yes, Founders Cafe is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Founders Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4