Rrramon’s food and coffee cart at 20 Academic Way will remain closed until the start of the Fall 2021 semester.
After originally planning to reopen in April, the announcement was made on Rrramon’s Facebook page in early March that they would not be returning to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) campus until August. The post details the complications interfering with the return of the campus favorite coffee cart, but says those who still want the delicious White Mountain coffee can arrange an on-campus pickup time with owners Ramon and Kristen Valdez.
Due to the uncertainty regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on campus, including the conversion to operating mode orange in February, they said it was best for them to postpone their reopening.
“It was a very difficult decision, but it is a decision that suits us best at this time. We thank everyone for their support and patience, concern and kindness,” the post reads.
In the meantime, Ramon and Kristin said they are taking days one step at a time and taking care of their families. They said they miss the UNH community very much and all the support has been heartwarming.
Rrramon’s is confident that the COVID-19 situation on campus will continue to improve as more people get vaccinated and they look forward to opening “full throttle” when the fall semester arrives. .
For those who love Rrramon’s coffee – White Mountain – they can contact Ramon and Kristin via Facebook on Monday or Tuesday with the flavors they want for one pound bags and arrange a time to pick them up before the Friday of this week. Students can also order from the White Mountain Coffee website for mail delivery. Online, it offers a variety of unique flavors that have not yet been featured at Rrramon’s, such as Cinnamon Hazelnut Cream or Mint Chocolate Chips. Don’t forget some of Rrramon’s classics: like white chocolate, macadamia nut and Christmas cookie.
Support for the Rrramon within the UNH community has resonated ever since they packed up for winter vacation. On UNH Music’s Instagram, Rrramon’s Food and Coffee Cart was the winner for their March Madness themed UNH restaurant stand. The music department shared their excitement about welcoming Ramon and Kristin to campus next fall.
A gofundme page was launched in February for a “year-end tip” to help Rrramon deal with the lack of business due to the pandemic. Kelly Dixon, a senior at UNH, kicked off the fundraiser to help Ramon and his family as small businesses have been hit so hard by all the factors of the pandemic. So far, the Page has earned $2,315, well above the stated goal of $500 with a total of 106 backers.
On the Facebook page, Ramon thanked everyone in the community for their support and wrote, “I miss you all, students, faculty and staff. I promise to come back as soon as possible. »
Photo courtesy of Ramon Valdez.