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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."

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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