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Danbury officials consider lease for cafe next to Danbury Library

A committee of the Danbury City Council is considering a lease with Benny's Cafe for a trial period of 6 months to operate the cafe next to Danbury Library.  During their meeting last week, Mr. and Mrs. Benitez said their son, Brendan, would own the business.  The couple, who owns a Nardelli's location on Newtown Road, would be the managing entity. 

 

Brendan Benitez was not at the meeting, citing a scheduling conflict. 

 

Committee Chair Councilman Vinny DeGillio raised questions about how that business arrangement would work.  The committee also wanted more information how how this business would work, in conjunction with their franchise agreement. 

 

The cafe has been vacant since February when the previous operator left to pursue other opportunities.  The new proposal calls for the half a year trial period to start on day 1 of opening to get a fair assessment of the cafe's success.  The owner is proposing to then pay $500 a month in rent, which would include utilities. 

 

The menu would include bagels, muffins, fresh fruit, salads, sandwiches and soups.

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