by Stephanie Malench
ST. JACOB — The Village of St. Jacob once again has a place for residents to talk over coffee each morning after It’s A Piece of Cake closed its dining room a year ago.
Why Not Coffee and Slots opened the coffee part of its operations on Nov. 6 at 212 N. Douglas St. is currently serving a variety of St. Louis Ronnoco coffees, including iced/frozen coffee, hot lattes, espresso, and regular drip coffee. Muffins, pastries, and croissant sandwiches are also available from 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. seven days a week.
The slots and wine/beer bar has been open since Sept. 4 and serves pizza for dine-in only from 4 – 10 p.m. daily.
Why Not Coffee and Slots was founded by Josh and Jackie Hancock who purchased the property in 2021 next to their home. The home which used to be located at 212 N. Douglas was owned for many years by George and Shirley Wilke before it eventually became the home of Don and Jennifer Rick and they operated Douglas St. Antiques out of the home in the early 2000s. Their original plan was to turn the 1880s home into an Air BNB but was not able to be rehabbed. They tore down the house and converted the lot into the offices of Hancock Construction and Why Not Coffee and Slots.
The Hancocks also own St. Jacob Early Childhood Center which the couple opened in June 2023 as the only licensed childcare facility in St. Jacob Township.