2007 Library News

1st Edition Café and Espresso Bar Opens in Downtown Library

There’s nothing quite like taking a few minutes out of a work day to kick back with a good book and a cup of joe, and if you work in the downtown area, you can now do just that.

“We want to announce the opening of the 1st Edition Café and Espresso Bar at the east end of the new Downtown Library,” said Candace McDaniel, MLS Headquarters Manager.

The library is located at 300 Park Ave., across the street from the County Court House. 1st Edition hours are: Monday through Thursday 7:00am to 8:00pm, Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

A café or snack bar was included in the plans for the Downtown Library from the beginning, but it took awhile for the right partnership of food service provider and library to develop. 

“Culinary Concepts won the bid and will be running the cafe and providing the food and drink,” McDaniel added.  “The café will serve espresso and gourmet coffee and tea, along with fresh pastries.  There will be a homemade soup every day.  Also sandwiches, salads and baked potatoes.”

 “What we have to offer is different from anything being served downtown because we’re 100 percent fresh,” said Eddie Hartwick, 1st Edition’s manager.  “Everything comes to us fresh every day.  What we serve can be prepared as a sandwich, salad, or wrap, and with seven different dressings, the combinations are endless.

“We’ll be serving coffee and pastries in the morning, and gourmet deli dishes for lunch.”

Customers will be able to sit in the library’s Atrium to enjoy their lunch or snack, just a few feet away from the full service library.

“Stop by and visit us for lunch,” McDaniel said.  “You’ll leave full and, maybe, with a good book to read.”

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org