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Batavia Library cafe starts new chapter

BATAVIA – The cafe at the Batavia Public Library has started a new chapter.

Batavia resident Steven Kilberg recently purchased the 10 South Coffee House and renamed it Chapters Coffeehouse and Cafe. Monday was the first day of business for the new cafe.

The cafe is inside the entrance to the library at 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia.

Kilberg is a former electrical engineer, and this is his first foray into the restaurant business.

“This is a new chapter in my life,” Kilberg said.

Previous cafe owner Terry Kasper had run the restaurant since 2006.

Kilberg is well acquainted with the coffee house because his two daughters have worked there in the past, as well as his former wife.

Those who stop by the new Chapters Coffeehouse and Cafe will notice other changes besides the name.

“We’re trying to go more healthy with everything,” Kilberg said.

That includes serving smoothie drinks with less sugar, he said. In addition, Kilberg said he will sell gluten-free options.

Batavia Library Director George Scheetz welcomed the changes.

“He’s updated the furniture in there and the equipment,” Scheetz said. “It’s looking really nice in there. I think he has some really fresh ideas. We’re excited for the continuity. It is so well used by patrons and staff.”

Kasper’s lease with the library has not yet expired.

The Batavia Library Board recently assigned the rest of Kasper’s lease to Kilberg until the end of the year.

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