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New Nook for Rook Possible at Little Silver Train Station

The local beanery, Rook Coffee Roasters, is in talks with the borough to serve coffee out of the train station

Those of us that have lived in for some time know that while our fair borough has many wonderful things to offer -- river views, great schools, drugstores galore -- there are a few amenities that we long for. Perhaps an extra liquor license and a traffic light somewhere on Branch Avenue would be on a resident's wish list.

Another convenience we seem to be missing, this is 2012 after all, is a coffee shop. But that just might be something we can scratch off our list in the next few months.

The borough council announced at its meeting on Monday that it is in negotiations with the folks from Rook Coffee Roasters to take over the concessions stand at the train station that has been vacant since last spring.

According to its Web site, Rook Coffee Roasters have two retail stores -- in Ocean and Long Branch -- a roastery and online shipping service. And if we were just basing it on the cute logo of the a bird in silhouette, we're already sold that more than just commuters might be swinging by for their cup of joe each day.

Rook was the sole bidder for the spot in two rounds held by the borough, according to Borough Attorney John O. Bennett. While the bid was rejected because the business's specs weren't in line with borough criteria, Little Silver officials are now free to begin negotiating the details with Rook, which include parking spaces and some capital improvements.

Bennett said that specs called for Rook to purchase parking spaces. "We're not subsidizing permits," he said.

If the agreement is signed by April 1, said Bennett, the coffee could be brewing by May 1.

Frank L. March 06, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Two or three parking spots are really going to break Little Silver's budget? Why won't the borough eat $1080 in 3 parking spots (they already own the adjacent 30-space parking lot on Oceanport Ave.) to get a needed tenant in the station?
Kathleen Brown March 07, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Rook Coffe is delicious. I hope it goes through.
Rob P March 07, 2012 at 12:37 PM
LS is just learning what Ocean Township already knows...GREAT Coffee provided by an excellent Entrepeneurial team of owners. A great NJ pair of business owners growing a business in tough times....I hope the LS government finds a way to make this work for them...Go Rook!
Erica Melone March 07, 2012 at 12:55 PM
This would be great! I actually envisioned Rook moving in there! Give them spaces so people will GO there to purchase coffee. I also think that they would bring some needed energy to a corner that has been looking sad and needing something!!! Hey Rook, Skin & Bones Day Spa want you there!!!!
Susan Buchenberger March 07, 2012 at 04:42 PM
So exciting!!! rook is amazing ~ Shawn and Holly, hope to see you in there soon!

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