Showing posts with label Cafe Dolce. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cafe Dolce. Show all posts

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Franklin's Music Options for Saturday 4/18/09

Yes, choices.

1 - You can listen to Garnet Rogers (with Marc Douglas Berardo opening) at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse. Tickets are still available ($15 each; cash or check at the door). More info on the Circle of Friends website

2 - Cafe Dolce is featuring Phil Fox from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cafe Dolce - Updated slides

I had a slide show of photos taken before Cafe Dolce opened. I added some to the set from opening day.

Updated 4/13/09 - more pictures were added from the "grand opening" held on 4/13/09.


BTW - you can visit their website here

Monday, April 6, 2009

"Consistency is the key"

Cafe Dolce is open and doing good business based upon time I spent there this morning.

“It'll take time. He'll do well. It is not easy to get established.” Dominic Narducci said.

Maggie Glassman and Xuen Wguven sat talking at one of the tall tables. Maggie is one of the English as a Second Language tutors from the Franklin Library. “I love it. We'll make this our regular coffee spot. We'll come by at least once a week.” She found an open parking spot across the street and fed it some change to cover their time talking over coffee.

Gary Razzonate is glad Cafe Dolce is open. He and his family had moved to Franklin from the Roslindale/Jamaica Plain section of Boston. Being a city person, he loved having the Zeotrope and MelDiva's within walking distance. Unfortunately, he only got to the movies a couple of times before it closed and then MelDiva's closed shortly after. “It was disheartening to see the downtown so empty. My daughter loved to go to MelDiva's. She was crushed when it closed. This is great! I'll walk here, allow a few minutes to get coffee before getting on the train.”

John P Murphy III and I talked for some time while he was connecting with a friend or two to stop down. “This town is full of real working people. The number of masons and landscapers per capita must be the highest in the state.” He looks forward to coming back to sit with his laptop like he used to across the street at MelDiva's. “This is a good place. I really hope they make it.”

Advice for making it here? “Consistency. I had a sandwich at a pizza place on Friday. It was good, a nice Italian. I go back on Sunday, get the same sandwich and it's not the same thing. What'd they do? Consistency is the key. You know what they're going to do, what it's going to be.”

CafeDolce: Leisa, Samantha

Best of luck to BJ, David, Leisa and Samantha!

Breakfast is being served!

Cafe Dolce is open for business downtown Franklin!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

big day Monday, Cafe Dolce opens in downtown Franklin

Yes, I can't wait.

I plan on being there for the opening to take pictures and seek reactions. If you stop down, please say hi.

Note: unless things change, it should be opening about 9:00 - 9:30 AM.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Cafe Dolce - BJ and Dave are all smiles!

I stopped by to talk with BJ Carlucci and David Purpura, the owners and operators of the soon to open Cafe Dolce.

The new sign is up and shining. The interior space is ready for the furniture delivery. The inspections are due soon. Once that occurs, then the food can start being delivered. The staff, already hired, can begin training in preparation for the ribbon cutting currently targeted for Monday April 6th about 9:00 AM.

Their normal hours will start at 5:30 AM to 9:00 PM. They want to catch the early train traffic. Given the recent parking fare increase (now $4.00/day), I have noticed more folks walking or being dropped off to take the train. That walking traffic will now have the option of stopping at Cafe Dolce for something to eat/drank on the ride into Boston.

There are plenty of electrical outlets along the walls. BJ and Dave confirmed that they wanted at least one at each table to allow someone with a laptop to come and plug in. As I would be one of those visitors, I noticed that feature and will be making use of it.

They are the first business to have installed some special energy saving 17W lights from D'Daddario. The lighting is good and can be adjusted. The background music is a jazzy-Frank Sinatra mix that should be conducive to good conversations.

I can hardly wait until they open. I think they will do well. Franklin needs a good coffeehouse downtown. BJ and Dave are doing a lot of smiling as the opening approaches. They have the desire to make this work.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Cafe Dolce sign

I spent a few minutes Dave Purpura and BJ Carlucci this afternoon at the soon to open Cafe Dolce coffehouse here in downtown Franklin.

The results of the interview and additional pictures will be posted in a day or so.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Cafe Dolce - updated

Updated: The grand opening was held on 4/13/09, you can view the slides here

Yea, a coffee shop is coming soon to downtown Franklin.

On the walk around town I did Friday afternoon, I stopped in to talk with BJ Carlucci. He is busy tending to a recently broken ankle as well as finishing off the ceiling and kitchen. He should be training the folks that he has already hired next week and be ready to open the first week of April.

I can't wait.

BJ and I should be getting together for another longer conversation later this week and I'll let you know more about this new business opening soon.

Updated 3/26/09 - BJ, Dave and I did talk today. The results of that discussion will be up soon. I did post a picture of their new sign here.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009