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Conspire Becoming a Smoothie Bar; Coffee Shop Portion To Move

Conspire, the popular Roosevelt Row coffee shop, artist co-op, and alternative-thinking-and-doing hangout, is about to undergo some major changes.

John Sagasta, the brains behind the coffee aspect of the two-year-old shop, tells New Times that he will move operations across the street to the space that used to house HoodRide Bodega, located next door to The Lost Leaf at 918 North 5th Street. There, Sagasta will grow the menu to include savory breakfast items and expand business hours to correspond with The Lost Leaf's operational times. He also plans to (no joke) call the new spot Jōbot and deck it out in robot-themed décor.

more about the changes following the jump

The move is planned for mid-September.

According to Sagasta, the current location at 901 North 5th Street will still be called Conspire and feature artist-made goods, but will no longer serve coffee. Instead, Sagasta is turning over the reins to Joey G. and Robyn Kingsley, who will both shift the shop's focus to smoothies.

About the changes, Sagasta says, "I'm apprehensive and a little nervous, but I look forward to taking on a lot more fun and responsibility. Even though I'm moving, I'm still going to jibe with Conspire. If anything, it's more of an experimental project."

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