Three years ago, Kevin and Josi Klingele bought 2123 Sadau Court, just off Loop 288, hoping to create a prep kitchen for their growing restaurant business, Seven Mile Cafe.
Before renovations on the new space started more than a year ago, the duo decided the new spot should also serve as the restaurant’s Denton location to meet growing demand.
“Now this will serve as our warehouse, our prep kitchen and our restaurant, so it’s taking care of a lot of needs for us,” Kevin Klingele said.
While no opening date is set, the new location should open by early fall this year, nearly doubling the restaurant’s footprint in Denton.
The new location means that the existing restaurant at 529 Bolivar St. and the neighboring coffeehouse will both close. It makes more sense to put all of the efforts into one location, and to keep the restaurant staff together, Klingele said.
“That was one of the contributing factors to closing the other location because we have such a great team over there, and to split them would have put a serious strain on us,” he said. “To bring them here will give us a huge advantage from the start.”
The restaurant started in the coffeehouse space in 2011 when the couple wanted to serve the kinds of breakfasts they used to eat growing up in California. After the first week serving food with more than enough problems, they nearly cut breakfast service. But business continued to grow.
Seven Mile opened its second location in Highland Village in 2013, and has since opened additional restaurants in Old Town Keller and in north Fort Worth. The new Denton location will be a centralized spot to consolidate restaurant operations for all four spots.
In addition to more space and centralization of warehousing and prepping items like baked goods, the new location also has event space.
The Sadau Court building’s second story can be divided into multiple rooms for larger parties and special occasions — something none of the current cafes can accommodate.
“We get a lot of inquiries for reservations for really large parties, and the restaurants don’t have the ability to absorb really large parties into the flow of the restaurant when we have an hourlong wait,” Klingele said. “They either have a longer wait or they don’t come.”