River’s Edge Cafe to close; Tredwell Coffee to open in downtown Aurora

Amy Petit is saying goodbye; Chad Dawes in saying hello. Petit, the current owner of River’s Edge Cafe is shuttering River’s Edge Cafe in March after selling the business to Chad Dawes, of Montgomery.

Petit was looking to sell the cafe for the last few months, and after receiving serious interest from a few candidates, she accepted Dawes’ offer in mid-February.

Dawes, of Montgomery, plans to reopen the cafe as Tredwell Coffee with business partner Dana Wyatt.

The opening depends on sale and renovations, Dawes said.

He said it will “still (be) an amazing cafe with artisan coffee and great breakfast and lunch options. We will focus on the coffee and work to increase speed of service.”

“The biggest goal is to be a bigger presence in the community. We want to focus on the people that make Aurora special. My mission statement is “Enriching people’s lives with artisan coffee and a place to belong.”

“Our plans are to be a craft coffee house. Serving multiple roasters and having a rotating option. Our main roaster is a wonderful company out of Addison called Tugboat Coffee.”
Dawes said he’d like to expand the coffee shop’s hours, but will first need to “see what kind of traffic I can get later in the day.”
Meanwhile, Petit looks forward to more time as a wife and mother. She also wants to pursue her current passion of health and wellness as a nutritional products consultant. Petit can be reached at livehealthy5@icloud.com.