There is a new addition to the center of Riverbank called the Daily Dose which is not only a cafe but also a bar and restaurant. Guests can get their daily fix of coffee, wine, beer, and sake-based craft cocktails along with small bites, breakfasts, charcuterie boards, sandwiches, soups, and salads.
For several years, owners Janet Smallen and Randy Rocha talked about collaborating on a business, so with the right time and location, Daily Dose was born. Rocha has a few business ventures, including Black Sheep, across the street from the Daily Dose, and has been in the restaurant industry for 10 years.
“When it became available, I thought it would be a good opportunity,” Rocha said. “It seemed like it would be a good idea, especially being across the street and we could play against each other. I thought it would be nice if Janet started. She wanted to get into this business and she really wanted to do something like a coffee shop and that’s what it was originally intended to be. We just took it and gave it a little twist. I think it turned out pretty cool.”
The space was originally going to be a coffee shop called Café Bruin. The project was not completed so Rocha and Smallen made some changes like the countertops and a few other things. They collaborated on the design and decor that Smallen called “rustic modern” and Rocha called “contemporary.” There is a social wall where guests take photos of themselves in the lounge. They have a few tables and a booth in the back.
“I think all the feedback has been good,” Smallen said.
Rocha shared: “So far, people have been very welcoming to us in the community. It’s exciting to have that.”
Daily Dose has a coffee bar with all the specialty coffee drinks like latte, mocha, macchiatos, flat white, cappuccino and espresso. They have flights of beer, bottled beer, and 16 beers on tap, including some local and national options. There are some red and white wines on the list, as well as a variety of mimosas. Craft cocktails are made with rice wine.
“We have a brunch on the weekends,” Rocha said. “It’s a really fun environment. We have a nice little night life here. It is a complete menu. It’s not huge but it’s good. We serve food. People think that we are attached to the neighbor and that is misleading. We are different from them.”
For breakfast, guests can order sweet crepes, waffles, a breakfast burrito, a breakfast sandwich, or a breakfast patty. The Italian lunch sandwich has hard salami, mortadella, genoa salami, provolone cheese, with light mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato on focaccia bread and drizzled with olive oil. They also serve a toasted Cali club and a slow roasted rib sandwich.
They are excited to be a part of the revitalization of downtown Riverbank and with the growth of the city they want to bring customers some variety downtown. They hope that downtown Riverbank will become a destination like downtown Turlock or downtown Lodi. There are plans to collaborate with surrounding businesses to offer deals and specials.
“We’re trying to make these boutique-style businesses work here,” Rocha added. “We do breakfast and lunch. (The menu) is small right now, but we’re working on it and will expand it. We’re just figuring out where we’re going to go with it and how we can get people to come here.”
The new business venture launched during the Cheese and Wine Expo and plans to have a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday, December 9 from 3pm to 5pm.
Daily Dose is closed on Tuesdays and they have a happy hour from 4pm to 7pm For more information people can find them on Facebook and Instagram or on their website www.dailydosebistro.com. They are located at 3310 Santa Fe in downtown Riverbank.