Koo Koo's Café Opening 'Nest' in Brookline Main Library
Owner promises standard coffee house fare plus kid-friendly foods.
Soon library patrons will no longer have to leave the library to get a latte and parfait to go with their latest literary find.
Kookoo Café, a popular independent coffee shop on Station Street, has gotten the OK to open a small second shop in the basement of the nearby Main Library. Owner Ali Mohajerani said the new spot will be called "Kookoo Nest" and will serve standard coffee shop fare alongside more kid-friendly snacks.
"Kids are already asking for mozzarella sandwiches," said Ellie Mohajerani, Ali's wife.
Ali Mohajerani said Koo Koo's Nest will be very different from the ill-fated café that occupied the basement space until earlier its contract with the library ran out last year. Instead of hot dogs and "soggy ice cream cones," in the words of his son, Shams, the Nest will have soups, salads, pasta, parfaits and a full espresso bar.
Mohajerani has also renovated the café space, which is located near the Children's section of the library, though it won't likely be as cozy as the tiny Koo Koo's Café on Station Street.
"It'll have a little bit of a different décor, but it'll have the same warm feel," said Ellie Mohajerani.
Ali Mohajerani said he was initially hesitant to open the second location when library officials suggested it, but he eventually came to think of it as a "public service" for his neighborhood rather than a money maker. It didn't hurt when he started to hear feedback from Shams' friends at the nearby Pierce School.
"When I mentioned to some of my friends that Koo Koo's might be coming into the library, they got all excited," he said.