‘We received actually fortunate’: Reset Social Cafe thrives in new Guelph location

Ella Muraca, barista, and Emma Boertien, owner of Reset Social Cafe, stand by the fire out on the restaurant’s patio on Oct. 26.

  • Emma Boertien, owner of Reset Social Cafe, makes a hot tea on Oct. 26, 2022.

Reset Social Cafe opened its doors about a month ago, and Emma Boertien said she is thrilled she opened her own location here, after working with her friend and Reset Social Cafe franchise owner Adam Grinstead in London, Ont.

“I loved the idea of Reset. I loved what it did in London, it’s just kind of a community spot where people gather that has a fun vibe,” she said.

Boertien said the area in the south end of Guelph, with its residential and commercial spaces, is self-sustaining and feels like its own city.

“Everybody here knows everybody,” Boertien said. “It’s very community-focused.”

She can shop close by each day for fresh ingredients, like the fruits for their freshly squeezed juices and made-to-order smoothies, and she never has to go more than two minutes down the road.

The location, close to Highway 6, is even convenient for people heading in or out of the city. Whether they pop in for lunch or dinner, stop for coffee and a snack, or use the space to do some work or hold a meeting, Boertien said they have whatever their customers need.

“The menu is extensive,” she said, adding it provides much more than a regular café. “And everything can be customized.”

Boertien explained it was important for her to have many options for vegetarians and others adhering to special diets. All their sandwiches can be made with gluten-free bread, and the café is fully peanut-free. Reset Social Cafe has bowls and salads as well as sandwiches and all-day breakfast.

“We do have our liquor licence, so we can even spike some drinks if you want, and we also have beer,” said Boertien, who brought some London brews with her when she came to Guelph, after years of working at a brewery. She said she is looking forward to creating new, local partnerships.

The coffee is also roasted in London, on a Bellwether roaster, which she said has the lowest carbon footprint available.

“It’s really cool to watch,” said Boertien, who said here in Guelph she sells ground or whole roasted medium, dark or espresso beans.

“We are also getting into blends, which is really exciting.”

Her favourite place to hang out at the café might actually be outside of it. The patio space at the café has a fireplace feature that is visually appealing and creates warmth for cooler days.

“We got really lucky,” Boertien said of the space. “I love sitting outside with my work. I could just hop out there and sit on my computer all day and be content.”

More information about the café can be found online at resetsocial.cafe.

Winter hours are now in effect, so you can find the café at 1886 Gordon St., Unit 103, Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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