The Coastal Star

BOYNTON BEACH — Latte at the library?
It could happen this summer at the long-awaited café at the Boynton Beach City Library.

The 800-square-foot café moved one step closer to reality on March 17 after city commissioners approved a contract with Ellie’s Catering to operate the eatery.

The catering firm, part of the venerable Ellie’s ’50s Diner, will sell coffee, salads, wraps, baked goods and other beverages, said library director Craig Clark.

“They are known for their good food,” he said. “And having a café will make the library more of a one-stop place for people, especially if they are studying or looking for a job (on a computer). When they want to take a break, they won’t have to drive to get a cup of coffee or a bite to eat.”

Although the first-floor café doesn’t have design theme or layout yet, it will evoke the same warm, comfy feeling as the rest of the new 63,000-square-foot library, Clark said. Its operating hours will be determined closer to the opening date.

The café, which Clark hopes will be “quiet and relaxing,” overlooks a patio with a seahorse-shaped fountain. Outdoor seating will also be available.

— Linda Haase

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