Deal brews to bring Park City Coffee Roaster to library |

Deal brews to bring Park City Coffee Roaster to library

There is a deal brewing for space at the renovated Park City Library.

City Hall staffers on Monday recommended Park City Coffee Roaster be awarded a three-year lease to operate a small coffee shop in the redone facility. The Park City Council on Thursday is scheduled to cast a vote to authorize the agreement. Staffers recommended Park City Coffee Roaster over four others that sought the deal.

Under the terms of the agreement, the rent will be set at 10 percent of gross sales. There will not be an additional monthly rental fee for the space. The coffee shop will occupy upward of 300 square feet just inside what will be the main entrance to the building once the renovation is completed. The main entrance will be shifted from its traditional location on the east side of the building to the north side. There will also be seating on a patio just outside the location of the coffee shop.

"We look at it as a real relationship," said Robert Hibl, who owns Park City Coffee Roaster with his brother.

Park City Coffee Roaster operates one store, which is located at Kimball Junction, and sells coffee on a wholesale basis throughout Utah. The company offers 32 different coffees made from beans imported from Africa, South America, Central America and Indonesia. The beans are certified fair trade, Hibl said. He said Park City Coffee Roaster wants to offer blends that are made in small quantities at the library location and provide information about the coffees.

Park City Coffee Roaster also plans to sell juices and baked goods at the library location, Hibl said. He said a loyalty program will be created for library patrons.

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Hibl said Park City Coffee Roaster is a sponsor of the Park City Film Series, which uses the Santy Auditorium in the Park City Library and Education Center as its screening room, and coffee will continue to be donated to the series. He said the library location will operate during the Sundance Film Festival, which also uses the Santy Auditorium to show movies.

Some of the recommended details of the agreement, according to a City Hall report drafted in anticipation of the meeting on Thursday, include:

  • allowing what is described as a "small generic ‘coffee shop’ or similar on monument sign out front." The report says the sign is meant to advertise "the community amenity," not the Park City Coffee Roaster name itself, "especially if they fail and we have a different provider."
  • allowing Park City Coffee Roaster to sell beer and wine during private functions and special events in the areas outside the library and community spaces. Selling alcohol would depend on the coffee shop obtaining the proper permits from state alcohol regulators, the report says. Allowing alcohol gives Park City Coffee Roaster "the most flexibility toward being successful," the report says.
  • the director of the library will have discretion as opening and closing times are set for the coffee shop. The report says the coffee shop will be open the same hours as the library with the possibility of closing earlier than the library if it is not busy. Staffers recommend the coffee shop open in the morning before the library, saying Park City Coffee Roaster is a "neighborhood amenity.

    The report provides a summary of the reasons staffers recommended Park City Coffee Roaster over the others that sought the deal. They include Park City Coffee Roasters’ 17-year history in the area and "demonstrated success operating in Old Town." The report also says Park City Coffee Roaster understands how to operate in a seasonal community and has a flagship store in the area that provides resources.

    In its submittal to City Hall, Park City Coffee Roaster says the municipal government is a client. The company provides coffee to the Marsac Building, the library and the Public Works Building, the submittal says.

    "As you can see Park City Coffee Roaster is deeply involved in Park City and has established relationships, as well as a commitment to our community. We can build a retail relationship with the Library to bring in more and more locals for a real community center," the submittal says.