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New fare headed to library cafe

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Posted: September 8, 2015 - 11:11pm
Chris Harris and his wife, Valerie, (not shown), will run the library cafe and have named it Two Dog Cafe. Harris' mother, Dannie Reynolds, and his daughter, Madelyn, will help.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Chris Harris and his wife, Valerie, (not shown), will run the library cafe and have named it Two Dog Cafe. Harris' mother, Dannie Reynolds, and his daughter, Madelyn, will help.

Columbia County officials recently approved some new fare for the library cafe in Evans.

Two Dog Cafe was recently approved as the new operators of the cafe inside the Columbia County Library in Evans.

“They are real excited,” said Sandy Boner, county Rental Facilities and Venues manager.

Owners Christopher and Valerie Harris hope to open Two Dog Cafe around the first of October.

The couple will be running the cafe, named after their two miniature English bulldogs, Meatball and Winston, along with Christopher Harris’ mother, Dannie Reynolds. Reynolds is a master barista and former co-owner of Abby’s Coffee Mill. She’ll oversee roasting of coffee beans and coffee brewing.

“We’ll offer fresh-roasted coffee, all the normal coffee drinks,” Reynolds said. “We will have frappuccinos.”

Valerie Harris said she married into the family business, but is learning all about coffee and cooking.

“I didn’t know squat about coffee,” Valerie Harris said, adding that she’ll be handling much of the behind-the-scenes cafe operation in addition to her full-time job in the Emergency Department at University Hospital.

The cafe will offer a varied menu including fresh-baked breads and biscuits daily, salads and sandwiches, baked goods and gluten-free options.

“But not your normal things. We’re trying to make it a little more healthy and a little more enticing for people coming in to buy something for lunch or dinner,” Reynolds said. “At 3 p.m. every day, we will have fresh-baked cookies. So if you come by the shop any time around 3 p.m., they’ll just be coming out of the oven.”

The plan is for Mr. Harris to mount a bicycle for deliveries along the Ronald Reagan corridor.

The family said they heard that Catch Phrase Cafe was closing and saw starting up their own as a way to serve the community.

“We thought it would be a way to give back to the community and at the same time provide a service they needed a the library,” Reynolds said. “We want to be able to work with the local schools and businesses and support them and in return, we hope they will support us.”

Two Dog Cafe is filling the cafe space left empty with the closing of Catch Phrase. Gabrielle Parrack, the Catch Phrase owner, has run the library cafe since August 2011. She let county officials know in May that she didn’t plan to renew the contract to spend more time with her family.

Boner said Two Dog Cafe is signed on for a two-year contract for 10 percent of the cafe’s gross sales with options to renew for three additional years.

Catch Phrase Cafe closed on Aug. 31. The October expected date to open Two Dog Cafe is flexible considering they “have got a lot of work to do,” Boner said.

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