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Museum seeks cafe operator for new Canalside museum

Explore & More Children's Museum is seeking an operator to run its museum cafe, party rooms and catering services when its planned new building at Canalside opens in late 2018.

The East Aurora-based nonprofit issued a "request for information" Tuesday, asking for qualified operators for the cafe, which will be located on the northeast corner of the new building, alongside the canal towpath and Canalside skating rink, and one level below the main entrance.

The cafe will have its own outside entrance, but will also be accessible from inside the four-story museum building. Besides museum patrons, officials also expect Canalside visitors to use the cafe.

The organization wants an operator that can handle year-round use and a projected attendance of 250,000 each year. Interested parties can contact Explore & More CEO Douglas Love at dlove@exploreandmore.org.

The $27 million, 43,000-square-foot facility will feature hands-on interactive exhibits divided into seven "educational play zones," focused on various cultural and historical highlights of the region.

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