A new cafe with a focus on supporting local artists opens Thursday in downtown Springfield.
The Artist Cafe, located at 1365 Main Street, will open on October 13. The cafe will feature coffee from Monsoon Roastery and specialize in breakfast sandwiches and omelets for the morning crowd. Maynard points out that the cafe will use baked goods from Springfield vendors â such as bagels from Benson and pastries from Picky Diva Catering â and he points out that all of the work to get the store up and running was done by Springfield contractors. .
“It’s a real Springfield vibe,” said cafe owner David Maynard.
Up-and-coming Springfield-area painters, artists and photographers will have the opportunity to showcase their work in the cafÃ©’s galleries, Maynard said. All proceeds from artwork sold will go to the artists.
Currently, a gallery titled “Faces” by Springfield photographer and Navy veteran Robert Graves is displayed on the walls of the cafe. It features up-close black-and-white portraits of people of varying ages and backgrounds.
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the cafe will stay open late for live music on the small stage at the back of the shop. The cafÃ© will also host “paint and sips”, mixology classes and there will be days with scheduled book readings.
On each of those nights, different Springfield catering providers will offer dinner options to customers, Maynard said. âIt’s a place with the taste of everything Springfield.â
Maynard said he was born and raised in Springfield. He studied finance at Bentley University and currently works as a Senior Vice President Portfolio Manager at New Valley Bank. The Artist CafÃ© is his first commercial enterprise in the restaurant sector.
Hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; late night hours Thursday through Saturday will be 5 p.m. to midnight.
“Have a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, and just enjoy the art,” Maynard said. “It really is a coffee with the flavors of artists.”