Trolley car coffee shop ‘Empire’ loses its lease

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The front entrance to the trolly car coffee shop. Photo credit: Katherine Feaster

The Empire Coffee station will no longer be located in the trolley on 5th and Orange Street after their lease ends May 15.

The Chico Art Center has been leasing the trolley to Empire and had notified that they will not be allowing them to renew their lease.

Within the next few days, Empire will find out whether or not they will get the opportunity to talk in front of the city council and have a chance to save their coffee shop.

“The more people we have show up to the hearing would be amazing,” Sarah Ruddell, barista at the Empire coffee shop, said. “We will have more updated information about whether there will be a hearing on our Facebook page.”

Katherine Feaster can be reached at [email protected] or @katfeaster on Twitter.