Steamboat Springs Bud Werner Memorial Library has a new concessionaire.
Bamboo Market took over food and beverage operation Monday at the front of the library when it opened Bambook Cafe. It takes the place of Amante Coffee, which opted not to submit a proposal to continue operating there after its three-year contract expired.
Anne Halloran, who owns Bamboo Market, said it was a good opportunity for the health food store that has been operating in Steamboat for nearly 21 years. She added that because Bamboo Market has a coffee shop, it’s not an entirely new venture.
In addition to offering Steamboat Coffee Roasters, homemade baked goods, soups, salads, sandwiches and a variety of healthy snacks for children, Halloran said Bambook Cafe would have other local products. She said it would include bagels from Colorado Bagel Co. & Deli and pastries from Chocolate Soup Pastry Cafe.
“It’s a nice mix,” Halloran said. “If you want something a little healthier, you can get one of our baked goods. If you want something more decadent, you can get a scone from Chocolate Soup.”
Amante owner Brent Langevin said he informed library Director Chris Painter shortly before his contract expired that he wouldn’t renew. He said it was a difficult decision but the best one for his business.
“We very much enjoyed being there, and we very much enjoyed working with the folks at the library and introducing our product to the people on the west side of town,” he said. “It just proved to be an extremely unprofitable proposition.”
The library added the coffee bar as part of the addition that was completed in September 2008, Painter said. She said Amante moved in the following January.
Painter said the library is excited about Bambook Cafe because of its variety of options, including healthy snacks.
“Having some food and beverage really makes it that much more delightful to spend time here,” she said.
Bambook Cafe will be open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
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