New Millennium Cafe Operator

The Library Foundation announces 2 Chefs Catering will soon reopen the Millennium Café.

“We are thrilled to be working with Tricia and Ryan Peterson to reopen the Millennium Café,” said Erin Aldridge, Executive Director of The Library Foundation. “They have built a wonderful reputation as 2 Chefs Catering and operating the Lake Ridge Grill at Lake Perry. We look forward to soon having many wonderful treats and meals available again.”

The Millennium Café underwent renovations designed by HTK Architecture during the library building closure in 2020. The café features an enhanced dining room and customer service experience that extends into the library and outside for alfresco dining in Claire’s Courtyard.

“As someone who’s always loved the library, I can’t wait to operate the café inside the Topeka Library,” said Tricia Peterson, co-owner of 2 Chefs Catering and operator of the Millennium Café. “I’ve always loved books and cooking/baking so now I’ll get the best of both. I look forward to providing quality food and coffee to the library employees and patrons.”

Peterson and her staff plan to open the café for business on Monday, November 22.

“Our Café really is a library destination for many of our customers,” said Marie Pyko, Library Chief Executive Officer. “It will be wonderful to once again be that place for a good cup of coffee, a lunch meet up or afternoon dessert.”

Contact Erin (ext. 4493) if you have questions or need more information.

6 thoughts on “New Millennium Cafe Operator

  1. Jim Mosher on said:

    I just had a customer ask if they were going to be participating in the CHAMPS program. Is there any word about this?

  2. Erin Aldridge on said:

    I was able to answer Jim via email but thoughts others may be wondering too.
    Tricia is currently gathering the information about both CHAMPS and Harvesters. I can’t say yes or no either way, just that she sees the benefit they both provide for the community and is exploring it. We will let everyone know as soon as a decision is made.

    • Erin Aldridge on said:

      The current plan is 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. We will reevaluate every couple of months this first year to make sure that’s adequate

        • Erin Aldridge on said:

          Correct – At this time there is not but the plan is to reevaluate as we go into 2022 based on traffic counts and large events.