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Daily Planet Coffee to open on Hertel Ave.

Daily Planet Coffee Co. plans to open on Hertel Avenue on Black Friday.

Carside service will be available after 5 a.m., for shoppers looking for a caffeine infusion, said owner Michael Caputi.

The building, at 1862 Hertel Ave., at the corner of Parker Avenue, was known as the former Parker’s Pharmacy, but was most recently Encompass Coffee.

Caputi wants his business to be a place where people go for more than the coffee. “Our goal was not to just be a restaurant, but a third place, besides home and work, where people could get a sense of community,” Caputi said. “Maybe gather to play a game, or listen to music.”

During renovations he kept as much of the 1926 tin ceiling as possible, but also incorporated new features, Caputi said. To support his goal of becoming a community space, he’s built in a stage with sound system and lights, and two walls that he’d like to populate with local art.

The place won’t roast its own coffee, at first at least, trying to serve the best from local roasters, Caputi said. It’ll sell ground coffee, beans, tea, and coffee drinks like espresso and frozen drinks.

A light food menu will include scones, sweets and pastries, breakfast sandwiches, panini, and soup. “We do provide vegan and gluten-free offerings,” he said, and generally food offerings will be drawn from a variety of cultures.

“We want this to be a culturally diverse environment,” he said, “a place to congregate, meet, to visit with your friends.”

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