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After Tragedy, Milli Coffee Roasters Reopens With New Owner


What began with love of community and nearly ended with tragedy reopened Saturday with gratitude and hope for the future.

Milli Coffee Roasters, the downtown coffee shop opened by Nicholas Leichtentritt seven years ago that became a popular spot for morning coffee, afternoon lunches and late-night studying, opened its doors Saturday after being shuttered for nearly a month.

Its roasted-on-site coffee, gourmet waffles and 7 a.m. to midnight hours attracted a diverse customer base that became a close-knit community.

C died suddenly and unexpectedly in February, and his family announced they would close the shop May 13. That brought offers of help from many customers who wanted to keep it open, including one who agreed to buy it.
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