Just as the waters of the fountains of Kansas City ebb and flow, one beverage company appears poised for a comeback locally. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Fitz's Root Beer founder Michael Alter has bought back the company he sold in 1999 and is looking to Kansas City to help get his soda brand back on track.
Fitz's used to have a huge presence in Kansas City. Back in 2000, Fat City's Charles Ferruzza visited the Fitz Bottling Company in Union Station -- a diner attached to a small bottling plant with a viewing window in between. The concept failed to catch on, despite bottomless mugs of root beer and root-beer milkshakes, and it closed in 2002.
Alter is considering opening a new location in Kansas City, alongside several potential locations in St. Louis. But something that may be closer to market is a new coffee-flavored drink. As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:
Alter is working with St. Louis-based Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co. to develop a new coffee drink that could hit store shelves this fall.If you want to get a sense of the flavor of Kaldi coffee, Latteland uses the St. Louis roaster for its drinks and sells bagged coffee.