Café’s revamped kitchen inspires culinary creativity

— During the second week of this month the Café at 407 at Ophelia’s Place was closed in order to install new state-of-the-art stoves and ovens. The popular coffee shop re-opened Aug. 11. The café is located at 407 Tulip St., in the village of Liverpool.

Café manager Tony Burrows pointed out that the kitchen needed to be upgraded and expanded.

“We want to be able to better serve not only our café customers and Ophelia’s Place clients, but our greater community as well,” Burrows said.

The Café at 407 first opened in 2009.

Kitchen manager Laura Hahn looks forward to further localizing the café’s menu.

“We’ll be making a shift towards more local and seasonal offerings, from the apples and beets in our apple walnut salad to the Ascioti’s sausages on our breakfast sandwiches,” Hahn said. “We’re going to bring you the freshest, most local ingredients possible. In turn, this supports the growth and healing of our local economy.”

While the kitchen improvements inspire creative cuisines, out front the café replaced its old, mismatched tables and chairs with snazzy new wooden ones, and a counter with stools now graces the window nearest Oswego Street. Thankfully, the comfy couch and easy chairs remain under the opposite window.

Alibi provided Thursday

The Café at 407 continues to host live music on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

At 7 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 21, the quartet called Alibi will cover tunes by the Beatles, the Doors, Santana, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Dire Straits and many more. “We play songs that make you want to dance and sing along,” said guitarist Sam Vulcano.

Besides Vulcano, the quartet features Tony Micaroni on guitar, harmonica and keyboards, Rich Depoe on and bass and Dan Clausen on vocals and drums.

Next Thursday, Aug. 28, Sammy-winning soul singer Isreal Hagan returns to the café stage with his acoustic guitar. Admission is free, but the musicians appreciate receiving tips from the audience.

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