Riverside Perk should reopen this summer

I just spoke with Mike Corley, who owns the building at 1144 N. Bitting that housed the Riverside Perk. (I told you earlier this morning that the coffee shop is closed as of today.)

He told me that he and Perk owner Maggie Ballard had agreed that a change in ownership was needed for the business. He signed a lease yesterday for new owners to take over at the beginning of July. He won’t say yet who they are but he says they own a restaurant out west, a couple of liquor stores and a place downtown.

The new owners plan to take over at the beginning of July, remodel the building and reopen it with the same coffee shop concept. Corley assumes they’ll change the name, but he’s not sure. The business should reopen by midsummer.

I’ll update this post when I find out who the new owners are.

The Riverside Perk is closed

After 17 years in business, the Riverside Perk — the neighborhood coffee shop at 1144 N. Bitting — has closed.

A sign posted on the door this morning says that, as of today, The Perk is temporarily closed.

Facebook postings on owner Maggie Ballard’s and an employee’s pages indicate that the business is for sale.

“It was just a business move that needed to be made,” Ballard wrote on her Facebook wall.

I navigated the branch-strewn streets of Riverside to see for myself if the rumor was true.

I found The Perk, known for its scenic front porch and flyer-plastered windows, quiet and empty during a time that it’s normally crawling with customers.

It was sort of eerie.

The Perk, as it’s often called, has for years been a neighborhood gathering place and a haven for artists, musicians and coffee fans.

I’ll let you know when I hear more from Ballard about what’s next for the shop.