It took longer than expected, but an expansion and remodel project is now underway at a Fairhaven restaurant.
The Colophon Café is expanding into the neighboring space in the lower level of the Pythias Building at 1208 11th St. Once work is complete on the expanded side, workers will remodel the current space to create one cohesive look, said Liam Elio, general manager at the restaurant. The plan is to have the remodel of both sides completed before Ski to Sea weekend at the end of May.
About a year ago the upper level of the Colophon Café was closed, allowing Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar to expand into that space. Settling on the new space and getting the permits took some time to get to the point for remodeling to start.
The remodel will include bringing in larger seating booths and adding more bathrooms. A fireplace that customers can enjoy from both sides also will be installed. The goal, Elio said, is to add more seating for diners but also have an area where customers can hang out.
During the remodel, Elio said the restaurant plans to remain open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
No drastic changes are expected for the menu, which is known for its soups and sandwiches.
Elio said business has gone well for the café in the year since the upper level was closed. He said having a very good relationship with the owners of Drizzle has helped. Also, the Colophon is one of the older restaurant landmarks in Fairhaven, having opened in 1985, so many residents know to look on the lower level near the Fairhaven Village Green.
For updates on the remodel, check out Colophon's Facebook page.
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