Dostoevsky with your java

BBP Library signs contract for café


French pastries with steaming mugs of coffee in a quiet space will emerge soon at the new Bayport-Blue Point Library.

Michelle Gillette-Kelly, owner of Mademoiselle Patchogue, has signed the vendor contract to supply the library’s café. It’s name: Mademoiselle in the Library.

“It’s coffee, pastries and beverages,” said BBP Library director Mike Firestone. “She’s still working out the menu with Suffolk County Department of Health.

Gillette-Kelly will be doing some baking on site for a few of her baked goods. We’re getting our kitchen certified and she’ll have some items pre-packaged.”

Ah, but will the café be open when the new library has its grand opening?

“The expectation is yes,” Firestone said, adding that Suffolk County Department of Health had some routine follow-up questions.

“It will be a grab–and-go,” said Gillette-Kelly. “Croissants, muffins, Danish, salads, parfaits, macaroons, beignets, donuts, cupcakes. And the coffee will be Malongo; it’s from France, and we literally may be the only one on Long Island who has it.  We’ll offer coffee, espresso cappuccino, everything fresh. My flagship in Patchogue will be kept.”

Firestone was asked, why Gillette-Kelly?

(Mon dieu! Probably a silly question, even though she’s made a name for her Parisian-inspired creations in her North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, shop, but we had to ask.)

“We did an RFP [Request for Proposal] and had three local vendors who came on site and toured the building,” Firestone explained. “Michelle rose to the top. We felt she was a sound fit for what we want to deliver.”

Firestone stood in the café area, right now an open space with three windows facing Middle Road near the library’s entrance, as workmen drilled, hammered and walked past. “We’ll have a beverage station in the western corner here with water and soda,” Firestone explained. “This will be her counter with a swinging gate, on the eastern end of the room. Then coffee machines, tea, and a display case.”

The café’s hours will start with the library’s hours at 9 a.m. “I think it will be open to 7 or 8 p.m. at night.

There’s definitely a vision here for body, mind and spirit.

Firestone said he and the board are encouraging patrons to use the fitness walk on the library’s beautiful grounds during their visit. “Then come in, eat a banana or one of Michelle’s baked goods, and read the paper or book,” he said.

In the meantime, it had been a nail-biting time for the steel delivery, but that product came in on Monday. “The first round of steel finally came for the bookshelves; we got 85 percent of what we ordered and there’s one shipment pending. Delivery was supposed to be July 15.”

As for the anticipated grand-opening date, get out your spiffy duds at the end of October.


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