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Release Date: 07/16/2007

Seattle-based company Chocolati Inc. selected to operate coffee cart at Central Library starting June 20

Visiting The Seattle Public Library's Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., to return a DVD, use the free wireless Internet or sit and relax with a good book? Complete the experience with a coffee, sandwich or hand-made chocolates from Chocolati Inc.'s cart on Level 3, near the Library's FriendShop.


Beginning Wednesday, June 20 the Seattle-based company's cart in The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room will offer a variety of coffee drinks, hot chocolate, baked goods from Little Rae's Bakery and sandwiches from Harried and Hungry. The company also will provide their own high-quality, hand-made chocolate goods.


"Our patrons and staff members have been eager to see coffee and food return to the Central Library." said Tim Morrison, the Library's new operations analysis and enterprise manager. "The Living Room is ideally suited for a café experience, and the variety and quality of Chocolati Inc.'s offerings are sure to make a lot of people happy."


The cart will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The area near the cart will have tables and chairs where customers can sit and enjoy food and beverages. Food is not prepared on the premises.


"Everyone at Chocolati is looking forward to this opportunity to deliver a café style experience at the breathtaking Central Library," said Kirstin Briefs, marketing director for Chocolati Inc. "We're so happy to be selected and allowed to serve the downtown patrons and Central Library staff the best that our cafés have to offer."


The Library issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in March for vendors to operate the coffee cart. FareStart, another Seattle-based company, operated a coffee cart from May 2004 to December 2006 in the same area on Level 3.


The spectacular 362,987-square-foot Central Library, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas, draws more than 5,500 patrons and tourists a day. Approximately 300 staff members work in the 11-level building, which is open seven days a week.


The building was specifically designed with space for a coffee and sandwich vendor on Level 3, the most dramatic and heavily-trafficked area of the building. This floor is where people gather for tours, stop in at lunch to browse material on upcoming Library programs and events, or just spend time reading.


In addition to more than 1 million books and 400 public computers, the building features meeting rooms that are rented out to businesses, organizations and the general public, and the popular 275-seat Microsoft Auditorium. The Library offers regular programming in the auditorium, including Pulitzer Prize-winning author readings, Pacific Northwest Ballet previews and more.


The current rules regulating the consumption of food and beverages in public areas of the Central Library permit the consumption of covered beverages throughout the building. Except for meeting room areas, the consumption of food is limited to the coffee cart area.


Chocolati Inc. operates Chocolati Café locations in Green Lake, Greenwood and Wallingford. For more information, visit their Web site at www.chocolati.com.


For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director
206-386-4103


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