Tallmadge -- An espresso, pastries and gelato shop called "Caffè Italiano" has secured a spot in the Bumpas Commons plaza on the Circle.
Owners of the restaurant, 1994 Tallmadge High School graduate Lynette Ward and her husband, Mike Ward, a native of Chicago, hope to open it by May 1.
Lynette Ward said the couple is interested in opening a gelato shop in the plaza because it would be a good complement to Cortabella's Italian restaurant which owner Tony Jaber expects to open in about 30 days.
"There's no gelato places around, and we thought that would be a great addition to Tallmadge to have something that really nobody did," she said.
"We were kind of looking for a cute, little coffee shop," she added.
The Wards plan to hire a few part-time and full-time workers, in addition to Lynette Ward working there part-time, but the exact staffing has yet to be determined.
The 500-square-foot restaurant will mainly offer items for carry out with a possibility of a few tables for sit-down customers, similar to some Starbucks locations.
Although Caffè Italiano is a new venture for the pair, Lynette Ward isn't new to the Tallmadge business scene; she was a founding partner of Trends on the Circle in the same plaza. She and her former business partner sold the consignment shop in August of last year, and it closed a few months later, she said.
Jaber, who also owns the Firehouse Grille & Pub in the plaza, as well as the plaza itself, said his Igloo's Frozen Yogurt shop next to Caffè Italiano is set to open in about six weeks.
For more, see a future edition of the Tallmadge Express.