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Library Foundation Seeks new Cafe Operator

The Library Foundation announced this week it is seeking a new operator for the Millennium Café at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. 

“We are grateful to Engroff Catering for their service over the past 18 months,” said Erin Aldridge, Foundation Executive Director. “We are confident we will find another great restaurateur to provide outstanding food and services for library visitors.”

Engroff Catering will cease operating the Millennium Café and providing exclusive catering services to the library on July 31, 2021. 

“It is our goal to have a service provider in place later this fall. Until that time, we will continue to serve the catering needs of meeting room customers and the library,” said Aldridge. “We do expect to see a lapse in the Café’s daily dining but look to fill that role as soon as a worthy cafe operator is in place.”

“The opportunity to have our business at the library was a valued benefit,” said Rosie Newman, Engroff Catering General Manager. “Having a newly remodeled venue to serve customers is something we looked forward to, but the pandemic caused multiple close dates in 2020 and 2021. This has had a long-lasting impact on our ability to sustain our business at the Millennium Cafe. We have truly valued our relationship with The Library Foundation and the library and will miss our library customers most of all.”

The Millennium Café underwent renovations designed by HTK Architecture during the library building closure. It opened in March 2021 with an enhanced dining room and customer service experience that extends into the library and outside for alfresco dining at Claire’s Courtyard. Aldridge works closely with the library’s events staff and already sees meeting room catering rebounding as people begin to reserve rooms for in-person meetings this fall.

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