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Limestone Coffee & Tea doing steady business at new home

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Limestone Coffee & Tea owner Maureen Mares (right) serves Kari Kraus, co-founder of Water Street Studios, on Friday in Limestone's new location at 8 W. Wilson St. in downtown Batavia. The coffee shop reopened Monday after being closed since November 2011.

BATAVIA – Aurora resident Jeff Walan was enjoying a cup of coffee and reading Friday in the newly reopened Limestone Coffee & Tea.

Limestone reopened Monday at its new location at 8 W. Wilson St. in downtown Batavia, in the former home of Lane Allen Architects. Walen had been a regular at Limestone’s previous location at the corner of Wilson and North River streets, which closed in November 2011.

“I like this space better,” Walan said. “It’s bigger. It’s more open. It’s a nice space.”

The cafe has been doing brisk business since reopening, said Maureen Mares, who runs Limestone Coffee with her daughter, Kendall Ertz.

The space is 525 square feet larger than Limestone’s old space, Ertz said. She said the cafe has been seeing “a lot of old customers and a handful of new customers.”

Limestone has expanded its breakfast and lunch menu, including healthier options, such as a homemade vegetarian soup and a chicken salad wrap.

“Our chicken salad wrap is a very popular sandwich,” Ertz said.

Kari Kraus, co-founder of Water Street Studios in Batavia, was a regular customer at Limestone’s former location, and was making herself at home in the new location.

“It still has the Limestone vibe it had in the old space,” Kraus said. “Every time you come here, you run into someone you know. It has a nice hometown vibe.”

The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Sundays, and it will expand its hours when the weather warms up. The cafe also has a back deck, which will be used for outdoor seating.

Ertz said she plans to apply for a liquor license, so the cafe can serve after-dinner drinks.

The city gave Batavia Enterprises a $25,000 downtown improvement grant to help in renovating the 1,555-square-foot space into a coffee shop for Limestone. Batavia Enterprises owns the building.

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