White Swan Coffee Lab closing on Evansville's West Franklin Street after four years

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White Swan Coffee Lab on West Franklin Street announced it is closing due to "overwhelming" increases in operations costs.
White Swan Coffee Lab on West Franklin Street announced it is closing due to "overwhelming" increases in operations costs.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — White Swan Coffee Lab is closing after a four-year run.

The business started inside Wired, a music venue in Downtown Evansville, but it later moved to 2025 W. Franklin St.

Owner David Rudibaugh said in a Facebook video that "overwhelming increases" in operating costs forced the closure. The shop's last day is Feb. 5.

"It breaks our hearts," said Rudibaugh, who runs White Swan with his wife, Kendra.

Rudibaugh didn't rule out continuing the business at a new location at another time. "We believe this isn't the end for White Swan, but it's the end as it is," he said.

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White Swan moved to West Franklin Street to be part of a larger building called The Hub, where a large back room was used for musical acts and other purposes. But the property last year was listed for sale, and a campaign by the Rudibaughs to buy the property fell short of its goals.

Rudibaugh thanked the community for its support and said running the shop was the fulfillment of a dream. He said he and his family made countless friends while running the business.

"It's amazing what a cup of coffee can do," he said.

This article originally appeared on Evansville Courier & Press: Evansville's West Franklin Street is losing White Swan Coffee Lab

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