Day-O to open coffee shop in Columbia

By Lacey Peterson, The Union Democrat

Day-O. Day-O. Day-O Espresso is opening a new hut in Columbia.

"Hopefully by the first of September," said owner Patrick Day, of Sonora.

The drive-through coffee, Italian soda and tasty nosh spot, will mark the fourth Day-O in Tuolumne County.

The new Day-O Espresso will be on Parrotts Ferry Road by the Columbia laundromat, which housed another drive-through coffee shop about 10 years ago.

The first Day-O opened up in downtown Sonora in 1999 and was followed by a hut in Mono Vista and Jamestown.

Day said he's tried huts in San Andreas and Pacheco, but neither were successful.

Day said he and his wife moved from Sonora to Oregon in 1991 and "there were tons of drive-through's up there."

They moved back to Sonora in 1998 and there weren't any drive-through coffee shops.

"We figured we'd try it downtown and it worked out really well," Day said.

The business has 22 employees and Day said each hut becomes more refined as they go.

"Hopefully this one will be just right," he said.

Contact Lacey Peterson at or 588-4529.

The Union Democrat
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