The long-anticipated cafe will be opening shortly at the Hartford Public Library.
The non-profit, Billings Forge Community Works, will be opening The Kitchen at Hartford Public Library on August 28th. Matt Poland, the library’s CEO, says he “couldn’t be happier” about this arrangement.
It’s safe to say that people in the community are equally thrilled about this development. There is currently a dearth of quality, non-fast food establishments on this section of Main Street where a person can grab a quick bite. Besides the two fast food spots across from the library, there is Cornerstone Deli and the somewhat hidden Museum Cafe inside of the Wadsworth Atheneum. The New York Market & Deli — a convenience store with a deli — just opened in The Linden at Main Street and Linden Place, one block away from the library.
Like the Kitchen at Billings Forge, this cafe will be a workforce development spot, training low-income residents in food and customer service. Poland sees this as a good fit since the library has “a teaching and demonstration kitchen on the second floor that has been redesigned to accommodate classes and other programming.”
Initially, the cafe will be open from 8a.m. to 4p.m. It is located at the front of the library — with large windows offering street views — facing Main Street. Plants, tables, and other decor can already be seen in and near the space.