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S&J CAFE AT THE MAIN LIBRARY

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The latest addition to the Main Library isn’t a book or a video – it’s a café where customers can satisfy their hunger for a good book and a good pastry at the same time.

 

The S&J Café officially opened Nov. 14 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The café is operated by pastry chefs Stefan Skirtz and Andrew Johnston, owners of Skirtz & Johnston Bakery and Cafe at Historic Findlay Market. The two chefs have over 20 years of experience in the culinary and hospitality industries.  

They started working together in 2006, when they trained at the Midwest Culinary Institute under celebrated pastry chef James Myatt. And they’ve continued their relationship with the Institute by hiring graduates and students.

 

“We hire pastry students to give them an opportunity to work in the pastry field. They fulfill their co-ops with us,” said Andrew Johnston.

 

The Skirtz & Johnston bakery in Over-the-Rhine currently has two graduates and two students working to supply Findlay Market – and now the new S&J Café – with fresh pastries and bread. One S&J staff member, Laura Kate Adelman, also is a Culinary Institute graduate. She is joined by Cortez Martin, Jess Cooper and Lydia Collins.

 

“We are thrilled to welcome S&J Café to the Main Library. We are fortunate that these talented chefs have decided to expand the Skirtz & Johnston brand here on our mezzanine,” said Kim Fender, the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

 

Stop by the S&J Café weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located on the mezzanine next to the Library Friends’ Shop, the it offers breakfast sandwiches, bagels, scones, yogurt, muffins and Danish in the morning, as well as soups, sandwiches and salads made to order for lunch. Freshly baked cookies, cupcakes, and bars, a house blend coffee created by Coffee Emporium, Churchill’s Teas, and a variety of cold drinks are also available. To view a menu, go to www.sandjcafe.com. Call the S&J Café at 513-665-3339.

 


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