When he first learned about the space, he immediately envisioned what to do with it. In the past Dolci had always been the type of service business that saw customers come and go without a second thought. That's all about to change. "We're opening a cafe with two industrial espresso machines and we'll be serving soups, wraps, sandwiches, cappuccinos, gelato, and all of our specialty baked items. We're going to be vegan and vegetarian friendly and eventually we'd like to feature specialty smoothies and protein drinks. The space is perfect as a cafe/eatery where we can create paninis, pizzas, and we'll be applying for our beer and wine license. It's a 3000 sq.' space, which means that we're going to put people at tables in the space instead of at counters. The Co-op is a great anchor, so we'll have some crossover clientele. We want to make the cafe affordable too. A customer will be able to order a panini with a soup and gelato, all for one price. This will be good wholesome food served in a welcoming atmosphere. To us this a dream. We knew that we could position ourselves so that we could utilize the space in order to accommodate customers who wanted to enjoy our offerings in a cafe setting. This is a very spiritual shift for us. We want to turn this into a loving open atmosphere for people... and we want to be open by mid June."
Deborah Clark, owner of Delish, is in the process of looking for a new space to run her business. Delish will be open through May, at which time Dolci will be setting up shop.