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New East Haven Coffee Shop Moves Closer to Opening

The rental agreement needed to open a new coffee house in the Trolley Square Plaza could be inked as soon as the end of this month.

The lease agreement may not yet have been officially signed, but all parties involved in bringing a new upscale coffee shop to the Trolley Square Plaza — including both the landlord and management company — are looking to get the deal done.

"Clearly we want to move forward with the transaction," Dominick Musilli of Rhys Commercial Real Estate, the company that manages the plaza, told East Haven Patch. "And the landlord does as well."

The shopping center is owned by Cb Commercial Prime Properties LLC, according to the latest listing on Manta.com.

WiFi, iPads and Frozen Yogurt

Richard Cordeiro, a Guilford resident, has submitted plans to the town's zoning office for the proposed new cafe, which he is hoping to move into the vacant 1,635-square-foot office space next door to the U.S. Post Office in the busy East Haven shopping center.

Cordeiro, a native of Branford, said 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.

'Going Through the Papers'

Although the leasing agreement is still in negotiations, when asked if the talks were moving forward in a positive direction Musilli responded "absolutely."

"We're just going through the papers, with the lawyers going back and forth," Musilli said.

"Assuming that things go smoothly, it should be done in the next 30 to 60 days," Musilli said of the rental contract.

Cordeiro said he expected to pass along a deposit to the management company to secure the space as early as this week.

"Then they'll draw up the lease and then we'll sign it," he said.

'We Intend to Go Forward'

There had been some concerns that Stop & Shop, the center's largest single occupant, might not approve the cafe's plans for an outdoor seating area.

But Cordeiro told East Haven Patch that that issue has since been resolved.

"Stop & Shop has waived any problem with outdoor seating," he said, adding that the town has also said it is OK with the outdoor area as well.

"So we intend to go forward," Cordeiro said.

Liz October 03, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Can't wait
Norm Brody October 03, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Save me a seat!
Sam Giglio October 03, 2012 at 12:00 PM
This can turn into a nice place to sit enjoy my Tablet, great cup of coffee and just take in the time to spend in my Town without driving to Branford.
Flowers October 03, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I'm pleased to see that people are already enjoying this coffee shop even though it hasn't opened yet.
Jacobo Arnez October 03, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I hope everyone enjoys the fruit from the labor of so many South American Coffee pickers who earn less everyday than the cost of one cup. All the time living in poverty down there. Shameful.
Gene Ruocco October 03, 2012 at 01:44 PM
As Chairman of the P&Z in East Haven, I can tell you the Commission was pleased to pass this application. Good luck to the owners of this Coffee Shop, we look forward to the opening.
Jackie Sargent October 03, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Same here! Can't wait for a nice place to have a good cup of coffee and relax a bit.
Richard Poulton October 03, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Interesting point. Most likely why the Columbia farmers grow coca (cocaine) and makes $400 dollars(US) per kilo, which is about twice the minimum wage of legal farmers. Or in Bolivia, where 40 to 45% of the supply of coca comes from, farmers average $9,000 annually, compared to only around $500 for growing a legal crop. Its a no-brainer as to what is grown.
Sally Hopkins October 03, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Where would the outdoor seating be? That is a very active post office with constant foot traffic and the curve-in is the load unload "dock"? Hi hopefully that's not going to be affected
Ross Antisdel October 03, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Jacob why is it when a positive step towards making this town a better place always shows you with some sort of a negative slant to it? Do you even know What kind of coffee they will be selling if it is fair trade certified? Or was this just a LAME attempt to try and bring some racial tension into something that clearly is nothing but a positive step for this town? I own a business here in town and signed a 10 year lease because I want to see things go well here but with negative people like yourself pushing your agenda at every chance you get all you do is make people want to frequent OTHER towns. Please do me and everyone else a favor and keep your mouth shut unless you have something positive or constructive to say.
Ross Antisdel October 03, 2012 at 06:53 PM
On a more positive note Can't wait to try this place out and get a good latte without having to go to Branford. Now if only a Jamba Juice would open up in the plazza next to me .....
sue stacey October 03, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Awesome can't wait for my 1st cup!
Julie Weisberg (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Sally: According to a sketch of the floor plan, as your facing the post office, the outdoor seating would be on the left side of the building. So it would be on the other side, away from the P.O. I've added the floor plan diagram that I posted with the original story a couple of weeks ago, to this post too. So you can take a look! Hope that helps.
Jacobo Arnez October 03, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Lighten up Ross. I am only pointing out that the poor masses in South America toil for scraps while you enjoy your mocha latte. The truth will set you free numb skull.
Jacobo Arnez October 03, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Oh and Ross, by the way: http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3r45td/
Rosie October 03, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I know I will, J. But, they could always move to East Haven and live free and clear like so many others...
Jacobo Arnez October 03, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Yes Rosie many have tried to move here and we've all seen whats happened to them. They get hassled for minor things, like having no license or unregistered cars. There are far too many racists in this town for these hard workers to do what they want. I understand though, thanks to the great Rev. Manship and the awesome DOJ finally these folks will be able to enjoy a latte in their uninsured cars any time the urge strikes. HALLELUIAH. and by the way: http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3r45td/

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