By Caitlin Switzer
MONTROSE—(March 4, 2014) Scott Petty knows what hungry folks like to eat, and how to serve delicious comfort food and some of the tastiest coffee West of Fort Lauderdale. Now, he just needs you to know that he is open for business.
A 30-year veteran of the food service industry, Scott and his wife decided last year that it was time to find a new community, and a new life.
“We wanted out of Florida,” said Petty, who owns and operates the fantastic new Sunrise Mountain Coffee Shop (17656 Hwy 550 South) at the Boardwalk Shops. “So we flew out here last March, and we fell in love.”
The couple has four grown children, one of whom will be working in the Coffee Shop, Petty said.
“I have been open for a month,” he said. “I have a friend who roasts coffee for me, and though I have looked at other brands I can never find one I like quite as much. This coffee is just so great—I had someone come in just yesterday looking for some more of our Christmas roast, Jingle Beans.
“We went to AppleFest in Cedaredge last year,” he said, “and I sold 35 pots of coffee! It was amazing. I was slammed! It got so crazy, I had to break out my second coffee machine just to keep up.”
Petty said his unique blends also created a stir at the Winter Fest in Thornton last year, and that he hopes to sell at the Farmers Markets in both Delta and Montrose this summer.
It’s not just about the java, however. Sunrise Mountain Coffee also sells books and movies, and of course there is the food.
“I do a pulled-pork sandwich, and a fresh, slow-beef sandwich every day,” he said. “I also have a mountaintop sub, with ham, salami, lettuce and tomato.
“The big thing is just letting everyone know I am here,” he said. “I will be doing some catering too, and I love festivals.”
Sunrise Mountain Coffee, open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, has games for a lazy afternoon and offers proximity to great antique shopping in season.
“Our lunches have been very good, and we are doing lots of orders to go,” Petty said. “People love the unique atmosphere of antiques and coffee, and we love Montrose.”
Sunrise Mountain Coffee can be reached at 407-416-6852.