SUGAR GROVE – A new vendor has plans to start serving coffee and other specialty drinks out of the Sugar Grove Public Library’s Book Nook Cafe.
The library board agreed to enter into a contract with Java Plus, a mobile coffee company that has been at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, the Kane County Flea Market, the Kendall County Fair and farmers markets. The company also sells coffee, tea and other items online.
Java Plus @ the Book Nook will open the cafe with special weekend hours beginning May 18. Beginning June 4, the cafe will be open for weekday hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Book Nook has been closed since mid-July.
Mike Morkert of Aurora, a soon-to-be retired teacher who has run Java Plus with his wife, Vicki, for seven years, said he is looking forward to moving into their first “brick-and-mortar” retail space.
“We did a lot of events out in the Sugar Grove area, and we’ve gotten to know the people out there, and we like the area and we like the people,” he said. “The library kind of makes the perfect setting for us at this stage.”
Once opened, the cafe will offer coffee drinks, smoothies, specialty blended drinks, teas, continental breakfast foods – including Jake’s Bagels out of Aurora – and soups and sandwiches for lunch.
He said one thing that won’t be on the menu is soda. Instead, he said he plans to carry healthier bottled drinks, such as Vitamin Water.
Before opening, Morkert hopes to stop by the library on select weekends and evenings to give away samples and host an informal open house.
Library Director Carol Dolin said the Morkerts signed the contract last week, and she looks forward to bringing a business to the Book Nook Cafe, especially because the library has seen increased traffic and circulation numbers in the past year.
“We’re looking for another reason for people to come to the library,” she said. “... Traffic and circulation are up significantly for the year, and we’re hoping to build on that momentum.”