Katy Trail's Meriwether Cafe and Bike Shop opens in Rocheport @ former Trailside Cafe location | columbiamissourian.com

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Brandon and Whitney Vair had not yet opened The Meriwether Café and Bike Shop when Katy Trail tourists began showing up at their front door. . . .

In the months after its opening in June in the former Trailside Cafe, the cafe and bike shop at the edge of the Katy Trail has established itself as a “welcome mat” for the Rocheport community.

“People come in past the trail or are parking in the parking lot, and they see us first,” Brandon said. “We play tour guide, trail host and ambassador to Rocheport.”

The dining side of the operation is an all-scratch, locally-sourced kitchen, while the bike shop handles rentals and custom logo apparel, canvas bags and water bottles created by One To One Print Shop.

The focus of the bike shop, however, is on rentals, with roughly 40 sets of wheels in their fleet, as well as simple repairs. Beyond tandem and children's bikes, the fleet includes 25 MeriBikes, comfort cruisers made by the Marin Bike Co. in San Francisco.

MoBikeFed comment: The location of the former Trailside Cafe and Bike Shop, at the Katy Trail trailhead in Rocheport, has been closed for some time. So it is great to see a new cafe and bike shop open in that location!


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