WICHITA — Jolanda James has been a longtime customer and fan of Il Primo Espresso Caffe, so when owners Billy and Debbie Howell wanted to sell, it made sense for her to buy the business.
“The employees actually wanted me to buy it,” says James, who bought it with her husband, Bill.
“My husband and I just dove into this,” she says. “We have a passion for keeping it alive and going just like it is.”
The business, which is at Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn, seats about 45 inside and has more seating outside.
It serves breakfast and lunch.
James says Il Primo was the first coffeehouse of its kind in Wichita.
“It’s kind of like the Cheers of coffee shops,” she says. “We just did not want that to go away.”