If you happen to smell fresh coffee brewing in the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center this morning, it's not coming out of the fiction section. It's for real.
Coffee Bené (pronounced "Ben-nay") opens in the library for the first time today.
The shop is located at the south end of the library's Reference Room, on the main floor adjacent to the old east entrance. The counter will be visible from the library's main entrance.
Coffee Bené, owned and operated by the same people who own and operate Davanni’s Pizza and Hot Hoagies, will operate the shop, making coffee, and hiring and supervising the staff.
The shop will serve brewed coffees, espressos, lattes, mochas and pastries. They won't be making smoothies, though; those make too much noise for a library.
The original Coffee Bené opened four years ago this month next to the original Davanni's on Grand and Cleveland avenues. The new library shop will be Coffee Bené's first satellite location.
More about the new shop can be found in this Sept. 25 Bulletin Today story.