Copperopolis coffee spot getting new name, facelift

Dakota Wilson, left, and manager Ashleigh Zakharin serve up coffee, sandwiches and breakfast items at Copper Valley Cafe.

One of several new signs hanging up in the Copperopolis Town Square, the popular coffee joint formerly known as Roasters is now the Copper Valley Cafe.

Under new ownership by CV Development Partners Tom Hix and Mike Fletcher, along with veteran manager Ashleigh Zakharin, the small coffee shop and eatery is looking to expand into a full-service cafe, bringing back old favorites like Taco Tuesday and biscuits and gravy while moving into additional space and adding longer hours.

“Right now, we’re trying not to distance ourselves from Roasters but give ourselves a new entity,” Zakharin said. “We’re keeping all the good stuff but adding to our menu.”

A longtime manager of Roasters in past years, Zakharin says she has received positive feedback from regulars since opening the Copper Valley Cafe last month.

“I’d like to see it turn into more of a diner cafe and give local clientele somewhere to have good, affordable diner food,” Zakharin said.

Currently there are not many changes to be seen at the cafe, with the extensive coffee and tea menu still in place and the same breakfast items and sandwiches made-to-order. The new owners are awaiting their alcohol license, but soon the business will offer wine and beer again.

According to Zakharin, the changes will come “in time,” but right now she is happy to be back at the “same old Roasters” the community is so fond of.

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Dakota graduated from Bret Harte in 2013 and went to Davidson College, NC where she earned a bachelor's degree in Arab studies. After spending time studying in the Middle East and Europe, she is happy to be home, writing about the community she loves.

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