As anyone who has tried to track down one of the rare, limited release teas sold by Minneapolis' Verdant Tea can tell you, there is much demand for their small farm sourced, high-quality teas. The reputation for the meticulously sourced leaves has gained a passionate national following. Owners David and Lily Duckler are doing all they can to keep pace with that demand. The Verdant Tea shop in Seward has added a full menu, bar, sells Prohibition Kombucha, Tree Fort Sodas and added a full liquor license with an intriguing drink menu all within the last year.
Now, the company will open a new, expanded tea house and brewery location in Minneapolis, right next to United Noodle's warehouse at 2009 East 24th Street. The expansion will serve as headquarters for the company serving both the online retail operation and the brick and mortar spot. Inside this new address there will be room for dedicated brewing and bottling for the kombucha and sodas, plus a taproom for tea tastings and classes.
The expansion will also allow the Ducklers for more time to refocus on the importance of the stories behind the tea and the small farms from where they are sourced.
In an effort to shift that attention back to the brews, the Ducklers have sold the restaurant business at the Seward location, along with the bar to executive chef Katriel Menendez and his partners effective next Monday December 1.
This does not mark the end of their involvement with the space, however. David Duckler will continue to lend expertise to the cocktail menu which utilizes many of Verdant's teas, the kombucha and Tree Fort's sodas (which were created by Eva Duckler, David's sister.)
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