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The Village Cafe and Bistro Now Offers Dinner 5 Nights a Week, Will Soon Debut Expanded Dining Area

April 22, 2016 Business No Comments

By John Fitts

CANTON – The Village Cafe and Bistro is taking a multi-pronged approach the concept of expansion.

Just two weeks ago, chef/owner Steven Day went from offering dinner two nights a week to five and the restaurant is now open until 9 p.m. Thursday through Monday.

“So many restaurants are closed on Mondays,” Day said. “I figured we’d take advantage of Monday.”

Dinner options are varied with entrees that include everything from Mamma’s Meatloaf to Braised Domestic Lamb Shank. Appetizers run $10 to $13, Soups and Salads $6 to $13, Bistro Fair from $8.25 to $11 and Chef’s entrées from $15 to $28.

“You can come get a nice entrée or just a reuben and a beer,” manager Jane Day said.

Additionally, Day is just approximately two weeks away from doubling the indoor seating capacity at the restaurant, which is located in Canton Village at 220 Albany Turnpike.

In 2014, Day bought the neighboring Canton Laundromat business. He initially planned to expand seating for the café while continuing to operate a downsized laundromat. However, he found the later business unsustainable.

Now Day is nearly done with renovations on approximately one-third of the 1,500 square foot space that once served as the laundromat. In just a couple of weeks, that addition should be complete, with seating for an additional 40 to 50 people. Currently, the restaurant seats 40 indoors and approximately 40 outside.

Day is exciting about the additional seating, especially for weekend mornings – a very popular time for breakfast at the restaurant.

“I think having that extra space is going to be a game changer for us,” Day said.

Additionally, The Village Cafe routinely displays local artwork and Day is looking for artists interested in posting their work in the new dining area.

Day also plans to add some fun events and is considering possibilities such as live music and wine dinners. The new space will also allow the restaurant to host special events. He is also planning some fun, outdoor events, including grilling on the deck.

Day said he eventually hopes to use the back two thirds of the former laundromat space for a bar.

Day opened Village Cafe approximately 9 years ago and he said the location, his customers and staff have been great.

Now he’s looking forward to expanding his offerings.

“It’s time to change it up, try something new and see how it goes,” he said.

The Village Cafe and Bistro

Hours 

  • Monday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

(Breakfast served till 11:30 a.m. • Lunch Served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Dinner Served 4 to 9 p.m. • Saturday and Sunday Brunch served till 2 p.m.)

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