Monday, January 12, 2015

Oh Caffé 312, I Love You!

Imagine, the experience of sipping on fine wine or espresso at a sidewalk cafe in Europe without having to leave town. Nibbling imported cheeses or enjoying pralines from Belgium with dinner? Can you imagine such a place - an upscale, elegant locale that could serve as both a breakfast/lunch dining venue and a hot spot for evening socializing?

Greenwood's own Kenn Wiltshire not only imagined it, but he's made it a reality with Caffé 312.

Located at 312 Main Street, Caffé 312 serves coffee, espresso, tea, wine, beer and a delectable assortment of fine foods and pastries. The menu is reminiscent of those one might find in European bistro or cafes, which make the experience of dining here a real treat to the senses. And while I have enjoyed going there with adult friends in the evenings, it is also very much a family-friendly establishment featuring Greenwood's first Little Free Library, something my son and I have enjoyed often in our travels and were delighted to now see right here in our own town!

We enjoy the cinnamon pastries and pralines, as well as trying to discover the locations of humorous critters hiding here and there throughout the building. (He's found two, we've been told there are several!)

The pralines are almost too pretty to eat! This plate of three is perfect for sharing, if you can resist temptation to consume them all!

Caffé 312 is casually elegant, welcoming patrons with signs in French that compliment weathered brick walls enhanced by a contemporary mix of both formal and relaxed furniture pieces to suit any mood. From a business luncheons at dining room-sized tables to an evening sipping espresso with friends on over-sized sofas, it is a relaxed yet sophisticated venue perfect for both dining and socializing.

If you live in my area and have not yet visited Caffé 312, I encourage you to do so! And follow Caffé 312 on Facebook and on Twitter for updates and events.  While they take a brief afternoon siesta between 2:30pm and 4pm (approximately, give or take), the knowledgeable, friendly staff is there to serve both early risers like me as well as night owls, which I can still be, on occasion, because...

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