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Starting June 21, Patch Java will be the only food source at the new hospital for staff and visitors, as the main food facility will be for patient care only. The coffee house beat out two other applicants to be awarded the contract, which the details of will be finalized this week.
Patch Java’s locations at the North Peace Pool and the North Peace Arena will remain pending contract renewal, but the main location on 100 Street will be moving to the new location. Unfortunately, that means losing some loyal customers, but Wigglesworth hopes some may be willing to make the trek to 112 Avenue and the East Bypass Road.
“I’m going to be very sad to see some of our regulars disappear,” he says, but hopes that the abundance of free parking at the new hospital might lure some customers over. “We should have a fairly easy transition for some of our regulars that want to continue.”
There will be some other changes, including a better kitchen that’s separate from the front of house, and double the staff than is currently at the main location. Wigglesworth is also taking the move as an opportunity to try new things, like an in-store herb garden, and wants to have a hanging garden over the railing of the building and a garden plot somewhere on the grounds for herbs and spices. Those familiar with Patch Java will still see its daily lunch specials and soup, but there will also be more “grab and go” foods like salads and yogurts. The cafe will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and may try serving a light dinner for the seniors home two days a week.
At this point, it’s too early to tell what this will mean for business, but Wigglesworth is expecting to see at least two to five times the sales he has now.
“I’m excited, I’m scared, I’m still reeling from the news, so it’s going to be an exciting time.”
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