SUGAR GROVE – The Sugar Grove Public Library’s shuttered Book Nook Cafe may reopen if a third-party vendor agrees to the library’s contract terms.
The cafe closed last summer and has been vacant for some time, library Director Carol Dolin said. The library had a licensing agreement with Perry Clark, but that fell through, and the library board voted to cancel that agreement during a special meeting Thursday.
Dolin said a company called Java Plus has expressed interest in opening a storefront at the Book Nook Cafe, and the board Thursday agreed to pursue a contract with the company, should it meet certain terms and conditions.
“They made a presentation [Thursday], but we are still in negotiations,” she said.
Dolin said Java Plus operates out of a trailer and has been at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, the Kendall County Fair and farmers’ markets.
A couple of other vendors expressed interest in the space, but backed out after they realized that certain resources weren’t available, Dolin said. She said one of the owners is a teacher who plans to retire soon and is looking for an opportunity to run a storefront full time. Java Plus also sells coffee and tea products online.
She said if all the contract terms are agreed upon, the Book Nook Cafe could be open in the next month or two, but “we’ve got some pretty stringent parameters,” Dolin added.
The board gave President Joan Roth the authority to approve the contract if the two parties come to an agreement, but the contract could come before the board again if the contract is not agreed upon as is.
“If we’re able to settle that [contract], it may be done before the next meeting,” Dolin said.