Cafe and Catering Services Update – 7/15/2021

7/15/2021 Cafe & Catering Update

The Library Foundation has signed a contract with K1 Hospitality LLC to provide interim catering services for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. The primary goal is to service the needs of the patrons of our meeting rooms and event from August 1 through December 31, 2021.

At this time, the Cafe will close beginning July 31st until a new Cafe Operator is secured.

Bonnie and I are working with the K1 team and will provide more information as it is available regarding their services.

Please direct all questions to Bonnie or myself in regards to Cafe and Catering matters.

The Library Foundation is conducting an RFQ process to find an operator for the Cafe. Please send anyone interested to me via the Foundation email address,

Thank you!




Below is the content for a news release that will be posted today. Please direct any questions regarding service my direction.

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For Immediate Release:

The Library Foundation announced this week that it is seeking a new operator for the Millennium Café at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

“We are grateful to Engroff Catering for their partnership over the past 18 months,” said Erin Aldridge, Foundation Executive Director. “We are confident that we will find another great partner to provide outstanding food and services for library visitors.”

Engroff Catering will cease operating the Millennium Café and providing exclusive catering services to the library on July 31, 2021.

“The opportunity to have our business at the library was a valued benefit,” said Rosie Newman, Engroff Catering General Manager. “Having a newly remodeled venue to serve customers is something we looked forward, but the pandemic caused multiple close dates in 2020 and 2021. This has had a long-lasting impact on our ability to sustain our business at the Millennium Cafe. We have truly valued our relationship with The Library Foundation and the library and will miss our library customers most of all.”

The Millennium Café underwent renovations designed by HTK Architecture during the library building closure. It opened in March 2021 with an enhanced dining room and customer service experience that extends into the library and outside for alfresco dining at Claire’s Courtyard. Aldridge works closely with the library’s events staff and already sees meeting room catering rebounding as people begin to reserve rooms for in-person meetings this fall.

“It is our goal to have a service provider in place later this fall. Until that time, we will continue to serve the catering needs of meeting room customers and the library,” said Aldridge. “We do expect to see a lapse in operation of the Café’s daily dining but look to fill that role as soon as a worthy partner is in place.”

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