Mars Cafe Undergoes Ownership Change

Kuuku Saah, Cesar Bracho Saavedra and Daniel Bosman are taking over various Mars Cafe locations around Des Moines. Photo: Mars Cafe.

Mars Cafe, a Des Moines coffee shop that started near Drake University in 2006, is ending 2020 with a new lease on life: Kuuku Saah and Cesar Bracho Saavedra are taking over the Drake-area and Capital Square locations. Longtime Mars’ manager Daniel Bosman is taking over the East Village location next to Raygun and rebranding it as his own coffee shop, Daisy Chain Coffee.

The current owners, Martian Investors (a group of four that includes Amedeo Rossi), are happy to see something positive coming out of such a difficult year. “We took over Mars from Larry James,” Rossi said in a release, “kind of carrying the torch while expanding from one to three locations. We can now pass the torch to Kuuku and Cesar to grow the Mars brand, and to give Daniel an opportunity to start a new brand.”

Kuuku and Cesar are looking forward to continuing the Mars legacy of providing the “best coffee in the galaxy” to the Des Moines community, they said in a release. Daisy Chain’s space will still overlap with Raygun.

“This has been a tough year, to say the least. Raygun, like all shops in Des Moines, relies heavily on the neighborhood around it,”  Mike Draper, Raygun’s owner, said in the release. “It is really hard to replace businesses once they are lost, so every business saved is a big win for the city. I’m glad that Kuuku and Cesar, and Daniel stepped up and am excited to see what happens in the future.”

A new coffee shop has also opened in Des Moines’ Highland Park, in what used to be a hardware store. The new business is called Slow Down Coffee Co., and it opened last Tuesday. Read more about it in a recent Business Record story.

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