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New East Haven Coffee Shop One Step Away from 'Coming Soon' Sign

The Guilford businessman hoping to open the new cafe in the Trolley Square Plaza says he now has the proposed lease in hand and hopes to have it approved within the next several days — clearing the way for the cafe's opening.

Plans for a new upscale coffee shop in the Trolley Square Plaza in East Haven continues its positive forward momentum — with the process now just one final step away from opening soon: the proposed lease's approval.

'Lease in Hand'

"We have the lease in hand and we're now going over the final details," Richard Cordeiro, the Guilford businessman looking to open the new cafe, told East Haven Patch.

"We just want to make sure we get everything we want in the lease," he said, adding that once the agreement is approved by the plaza's ownership, which is Stop & Shop, they will then be shifting gears towards getting the new cafe up and open.

"Hopefully, within the next week or so we'll be able to put up a 'Coming Soon' sign," Cordeiro said.

Coffee, Yogurt & iPads

Cordeiro, a native of Branford, is looking to open the coffee shop in the now vacant 1,635-square-foot office space next door to the U.S. Post Office in the busy East Haven shopping center.

The shop would not only feature quality coffee drinks, but also a self-serve area for frozen yogurt.

The plans for the cafe include an area for outdoor seating and state-of-the-art wireless internet access — as well as iPads mounted into some of the shop's counter tops.

Cordeiro said the outdoor seating has been moved to the street side of the building.

"And that will be nice," he said. "You'll be able to sit there and look out over the green."

Town Has Been 'Helpful'

The building plans have already been approved by the town's Planning & Zoning Commission.

"The town has been nothing but helpful," Cordeiro said.

"It's just Stop & Shop is very slow," he said, adding that that can be expected when dealing with a larger corporation.

'It's Coming Soon'

Although the process is not moving as fast as he would like, Cordeiro said everything has been going very well for the project so far.

And, he said, once the lease is signed it should take about five to six weeks to get the cafe ready to open.

"It's coming soon," he said. "This is the most confident I've been on it."

THE FINAL NAIL December 03, 2012 at 11:20 AM
This will be GREAT! I can't stand any of the places in Town especially Our Oasis. It's like a complete joke in there. The yelling and screaming and the carrying on that goes on in the place! Plus there is nothing but idiot political talk in there all the time. I hope the short order cook is prepared. 1st it was Dunkin Donuts and now this might be the final nail.
Rheta DeBenedet December 03, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I think this is a good & positive thing to have in East Haven I am pleased to see that we will have a different type of place to go & in a great spot I also like the tables on the Main St. side.. I think it will be enjoyed by most I will be stoping in & I will bring my family & friends when they visit.. Wishing You great success
Norm Brody December 03, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I agree Rheta, outside tables are an important part of the coffee shop culture. I hope the town allows them to use outdoor seating. My understanding is that there was a problem with outdoor seating for the ice cream store across the street, and it may have contributed to their failure to catch on last year.
Sam Giglio December 03, 2012 at 02:01 PM
This should be a nice place for us in Town, Yes you need outside seating to make it a true Coffee Shop. Town leaders and owner's of the building need to THINK OUT OF THE BOX Let it get done so by Spring we can hang out for some good joe and chat
Julie Weisberg (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Everyone: Just to clarify, the proposed plans for the cafe — including the outdoor seating — has received all the necessary town approvals it needs, up to this point in the process. So, it's just a matter of waiting for the lease negotiations to conclude and Stop & Shop to sign on the bottom line. Just an FYI.
mary kay December 03, 2012 at 02:26 PM
This is a great thing for our town!!! I hope it works out and does great!! Is there any where to apply to work there?
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven December 03, 2012 at 02:58 PM
This is truly a positive step in the right direction for East Haven and I thank the Planning and Zoning Commision for approving the application of this new and exciting business and I as a resident welcome them to East Haven and wish this new Business the very best of success. Robert D.Hoff for East Haven Town Council: Putting People before Politics. https://www.facebook.com/#!/ROBERTDHOFFforabetterEastHaven
Dan McCann December 03, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Mr. Hoff do you think that it is right that you answer and comment on some questions but never really answer the main question as to whether or not you've been detained and arrested? I mean the people that you want to vote should have an answer. I mean your whole campaign revolves around "A Better East Haven". How can that be when the candidate can even be honest and forthcoming to his arrest record?
Norm Brody December 03, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Thanks Julie- great news!
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven December 03, 2012 at 05:17 PM
To Answer your Question Mr.McCann I don't have an arresst record but rather a record of accomplishment.
Sam Giglio December 03, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Dan McCann this is about a new Coffee Shop coming to Town. Stop being a stoker of words when someone makes a comment. You seam to get into your Bizarre world of intimidation. All you do is start a fire and hope that others fuel it for your enjoyment. Your a young man and I assume you still work? So do you post all this while someone plays you to work? On the Company Computer? Dan you need to get a life or your Company who pays you to work needs to take a long hard look at what they have in you as an Employee.
Jacobo Arnez December 03, 2012 at 09:19 PM
SEEMS someone don't like it when McGann plays "hall monitor". But it also SEAMS it's OK for that person to play "hall monitor", I guess the artist is retired.
Sam Giglio December 03, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Sooner or later all the fools march in line, Its a cadence call. Yes Retired and loving it.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Mary Kay: The lease has not been signed quite yet. But as soon as I find out, I'll post that update, too. And I would imagine they'll be advertising for employees soon after then!
Dan McCann December 03, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Sam you know there is still one thing I can't figure out about you? That you can't identify and understand that what Gene aka Josy Wales and Robert Hoff makes your party the laughingstock of East Haven. You need not worry about who or where or when I do anything Sam. If you're such a good friend to Josy then maybe you should take control of taking care of him and his multiple personalities. As for Hoff having him learn the first thing about truth and honesty will go a long way. The sad thing is when these Establishment Democrats are losing on an issue they revert back to what they know best. We saw it earlier with Hoff trying to threaten me to be quiet by stating what I was asking was liablous and slander. Not too smart for a public official and candidate who thinks he's above the fray of scrutiny and question. Honestly this guy for Town Council??? Then there's Gene making threats in suttle way about my job and field I work in and now the dangling little mini Josy Wales "Sammy the Bull" who furthers the charge that I was doing all of this at work. None of course are true but what they want is to scare me, intimidate me to be quiet because both Sam and Gene know what happened with Robert. Just as Sam and Gene knew that Gene was Josy Wales. It's all a part of the Establishment Democratic Game that they know all too well. Hopefully those days will be long gone and forgotten! Gene, Sam, and Robert should be the first people the DTC tells to take a hike tonight!
Flowers December 04, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I don't know about The Oasis but it's clear to me that the towns great minds are meeting at the Deli on Short Beach Road. The place is abuzz with clever conversation and great ideas.
Green Thumb December 04, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Great idea, Poor location. No foot traffic. Difficult parking. Won't make it. I'd rather drive to Common Grounds in Branford and enjoy the one of the nicest centers in New England.
Steve Evermore December 04, 2012 at 02:00 PM
You had me at "wireless internet access".
Kelli Dennis December 05, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Keep updates on how to apply would be great. I used to work at stop an shop in Branford, and there was a Starbucks in there for almost 2 years and I work in it. I would really love to get back into a coffee place.

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