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Founders Cafe


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Founders Cafe offers freshly made sandwiches, panini and salads, and home style soups made from locally grown and sourced ingredients. We serve locally roasted espresso coffees and an outstanding house blend drip coffee. We also serveseveral modes of pourover coffee. Founders Cafe is located downtown, in the government center and within walking distance of the Convention Center.
$4 - $12
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
American, Cafe, Healthy, Soups
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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...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....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...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...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.

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