Rumors Deli customers will have the opportunity to order almost any variety of coffee Friday, when owners Ralph and Annette Harris open Rumors Coffee House — a new 2,500 square foot business connected to the existing deli.

The idea for a coffee house originated in January, after a space next to Rumors Deli became available. The Harris’ decided to combine the deli with their other restaurant, Gelato Joe’s, into an establishment serving specialties from both restaurants. Gelato Joe’s opened at 112 Clark St. as a coffee and sandwich shop offering a beach atmosphere and an Italian menu in October.

“We had Gelato Joe’s across the street, and we moved all that over here because it was just easier once that building became available right next door,” Annette Harris said.

Harris said in addition to regular deli menu items like soups, sandwiches, wraps and panini sandwiches, Rumors Deli and Coffee House will offer Gelato, Gelato shakes, smoothies, iced coffee and a new health drink called a Power-blend Smoothie. The modified restaurant will also grind coffee beans for customers, she said.

“Just about any kind of latte and cappuccino, any kind of coffee you would need, we have it,” Harris said. “We’re just really excited. The whole atmosphere over at the coffee house is different. We’ve got a great sitting area with TVs where people can come and just chill, drink coffee and have a good time.”

Rumors’ new half includes a Tiki-style bar designed and built by Ralph Harris and Jordan Fuller, and offers TVs, couches, an area where musicians can entertain on special occasions and a patio outdoors, Harris said.

“It’s really nice out there,” she said.

Harris said Rumors Deli and Coffee House will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday. The restaurant will be closed on Sunday, she said. The Rumors’ Web site is under construction, and design should be complete soon, allowing access to the restaurants menu at www.rumorsdeli.com, Harris said.

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