Coffee Shop Owned By Nurses Looks To Overcome COVID-19 Pandemic


Lisa Jansky, RN and Gerald Roca, RN have a combined 31-years experience as dialysis nurses. They’re still active in that field, but they added a new title in December 2018 – coffee shop owners. The two co-own French Press Coffee House in Northwest Harris County.

“The concept came out of New Orleans,” said Roca. “A buddy of mine started it and, when I moved to Houston, I wanted to bring the concept here.”

Their foray into owning a coffee shop hasn’t been easy. TxDot, as part of its US-290 expansion project, began construction in front of their shop in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic has also hurt sales at French Press Coffee House. They’ve stayed open, using curbside and drive-thru service, and have recently reopened their dining room, but business is down.

“We’re holding steady at about 50-percent of our normal sales,” said Roca. “We’re slowly progressing and, hopefully, it will get better with time.”

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