KINGSTON — There’s a new breakfast and lunch spot in town.
The Main Street Cafe celebrated its grand opening on Dec. 11. Its soft opening was on Nov. 29.
The cafe is owned by Darren Gurnee, owner of the Main Street Ale House.
Nick Keough, who assists with office administration and is acting general manager when needed, said of the Cafe, “I think we are [filling a void]” in downtown Kingston.
With the Oak Table Cafe scheduled to close and move to Silverdale in 2015, the Cafe will be looking to feed hungry morning and afternoon diners. The Oak Table is expected to move in spring.
The Cafe offers breakfast and lunch. It is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
The Cafe occupies the space next door to the Ale House. It was formerly Luna Bella and was purchased from Ruben Ojeda.
The building went through about three months of renovations. Keough said the bathrooms, plumbing and electricity were redone. New equipment was purchased if needed.
“We pretty much gutted it and made it ours,” Keough said.
The Cafe employs about 15 people. The head chef is Dominic Shepard.
The Cafe will offer discounts to ferry workers, Keough said.
Though there were rumors floating around as to when it would open, Keough said there never was a scheduled opening date. The opening was based more on when renovations were complete and how profitable the Ale House was; Keough said the Ale House had a good summer.
Incidentally, the Cafe is hosting a food drive, with a goal of collecting 2,000 pounds of food for the Kingston Food Bank.