Rabble reborn: New owners plan to open coffeehouse as soon as tomorrow

Near Eastside residents Mitchell and Jessica Tellstrom were regular customers of Rabble Coffeehouse until it closed this summer amid the COVID-19 shutdown. But when the call went out for anyone else interested in opening the Near Eastside shop, the Tellstroms decided they fit the bill. After all, they just live a short walk away, and Mitchell has 23 years of experience in the coffee business.

“This coffeehouse is something the neighborhood needs – something we need,” Mitchell said Nov. 5, the day before he planned to reopen the doors at 2219 E. 10th St. a half block away from the John H. Boner Neighborhood Center.

The Tellstroms take the reins from Josie Hunckler (who owned Rabble with her sister, Kindra Hunckler and Kinda’s husband, Jon Nolen). Customers will find some changes – but not the name, which remains.

In addition to the expected coffee drinks, Rabble will offer muffins, zucchini bread, coffee cake, soups and savory pies. At the same time, Mitchell said he’s keeping the menu short for now. “We want to start low key,” he said, “then listen to what the neighborhood wants.”

Rabble hours (also for now) will be 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. The Tellstroms have no plans to operate the art gallery space next door.