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A place to ‘hang out and share passions,’ unique gathering space to take over former Winter Park café

The former Mountain Rose Cafe, which closed in October 2017, will be turned into the Stoked Meeting House.
Bryce Martin / bmartin@skyhinews.com

There’s a new community gathering space coming to Winter Park late this summer, set to replace the Mountain Rose Café which closed its doors last October. The new space, called Stoked Meeting House, will serve specialty coffee, wine and beer, but will primarily serve as a place to congregate.

“My vision is for a place where artists, weekend warriors, adventurers, locals and everyone else can come together and hang out,” said Andras Horanyi, owner. “It’s not a restaurant or a bar, but kind of something in between. Just a place people can meet up, hang out, talk and enjoy themselves.”

Horanyi grew up in Boulder, but traveled around most of his adult life pursuing a career in fencing. He attended Ohio State University on a fencing scholarship, moved to New York to work with his coaches, and eventually moved back to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center. He competed for the United States on and off for years, but injuries to his knee and hip spurred his retirement just before qualifications for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

Horanyi had planned to open a coffee shop since he was in high school, so with his fencing career ending and the Mountain Rose closing, he finally saw his opportunity.

“I did that for a long time and definitely enjoyed it and learned a lot from it,” said Horanyi. “But I’m looking to do something a little different now, and I’ve always worked with coffee on the side to balance everything out.”

Coffee will be one of the main features of Stoked Meeting House, though Horanyi said he was still testing roasters. The space will also serve beer and wine to go along with an assortment of baked goods and other finger foods.

The main attraction, however, will undoubtedly be the classes and presentations Horanyi is planning for the space. Horanyi said he intends to open his doors to those looking to share their passions, whether that means putting together a presentation on a recent trip to Nepal, teaching a class on pottery or slack lining, or showing off your skills in the garden.

“I really want to create a space where people want to come hang out and share their life passions,” said Horanyi. “I want to give that space to you, and I want to hear about what you love.”

Horanyi said that once the shop is open, he’ll start scheduling classes and presentations in advance, and will help to promote the events to draw in a good turnout. He expects all events to be donation-based, and said that more popular events may be brought back on a monthly basis.

Horanyi said the Stoked Meeting House would likely be open sometime in late August.

“I’m excited to collaborate with as many people as possible, and to entertain as many ideas as possible in the community,” said Horanyi.

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