By Teri Nehrenz
Next time you go into the Mesquite Library for one of their many programs or to check out a book, make sure you don’t forget to look at the “Table of Contents.”
No, not the tables in the books, “Table of Contents” is the name of the new gourmet coffee stall and eatery owned by businessmen Hugh McPherson and Galan Allen and it is full of freshly baked, sweet and tasty treats, shaved ice and slushies, freshly ground coffee drinks (hot or cold ) and a selection of chips and candy bars.
The café is open now with a full menu of sweets available and they are going to hold a grand opening celebration on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m. The first 400 people through the café doors that day will receive a coupon good for $2.50 off any menu item; in most cases that will get you one of their tasty treats for free along with some of the best customer service in the business.
You might want to hold on to those coupons for just a little bit; they’ll be adding to the menu soon.
McPherson said their intent is to begin serving ham, turkey or roast beef croissant or panini sandwiches. They will also be offering a romaine wrap with avocado, bean sprouts and tomatoes for those who prefer Vegan or vegetarian diets and gluten free options as well.
The café hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and closed on Sunday. Don’t worry what time you decide to enjoy their fine feasts of goodness, everything is freshly baked on site and if they run out, they’ll bake some more.
“Smelling those freshly baked brownies or blondies in the oven is one of the best parts of hanging around the café while reading your book, “said a nearby customer. “When they make the Blondies, you can’t miss it; the whole place smells like them.”
If chocolate isn’t what you desire, you will simply die for their homemade apple cobbler, they’ll have plenty for you; it’s their specialty.
Jenny, Elizabeth and Alex Bennett just love hanging around the new library and look forward to grabbing a bite while reading a book. The Bennett siblings think the new café is really cool and the cookies are great. Photo by Teri Nehrenz
You will no doubt be impressed with this tiny café right from the start especially when you realize that one of the owners, McPherson, is legally blind. He recently graduated from the Hadley School for the Blind and Low Vision, completing the Randolph Sheppard Business Enterprise Program.
The Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation helped to facilitate the café opening through its Business Enterprises of Nevada Program.
McPherson and Allen have a combined 40 years in the food service industry and while their cleanliness and food service standards are strictly by the book, their customer satisfaction is far above; they are more than willing to listen to menu suggestions and implement the most popular.
The owners don’t claim to be a Starbucks and neither do they want to be, “Starbucks is a different brand, we’re a different brand; we love Starbucks, we don’t want to compete with them, there’s a place for both of us.”
Eventually the owners plan to offer an in-store app along with delivery service so people can order ahead so they can have a leisurely lunch without having to stand in line and wait, killing some of their lunch hour/half hour; there’s even a drive through window for those who don’t want to stay.
“Libraries should be a place where people can meet up, enjoy some good conversation and delicious refreshments, check out their favorite materials or attend an event,” said Ron Heezen, executive director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. “Our new Table of Contents café is just another example of how our Mesquite Library Campus provides stellar customer service. We hope it will become a new gathering spot for residents.”
That’s the same way the owners feel and beginning Aug. 16 and through Sept. 30, will be offering daily back-to-school specials for parents and kids.
Walking into the café, one can tell that the owners and Clark County Library are right on point with their dreams. Virgin Valley Elementary School Teacher, Jenny Bennett along with children Elizabeth and Alexander already know the value of the café. The children were gathered around mom while she read a book to them; in front of them all were some of the most delectable looking chocolate chip cookies and something yummy to wash them down. If you get there at the right times of the day or are patient, you could even get those Chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies warm from the oven. You just need to ask the owners, they’ll tell you when that can happen; if they’re busy, it probably won’t be too long a wait.