BY KEVIN THOMPSON | PALM BEACH POST STAFF WRITER | DECEMBER 13, 2017
LAKE WORTH — Book Cellar , Lake Worth’s new book store on Lake Avenue, plans to open a cafe on Friday selling, wine, beer and pastries.
“We’re paying rent on the whole space so we needed the income for the entire space,” said Tamara Ayraud, co-owner of the store on 801 Lake Avenue, a 2,300-square-foot historic space.
Book Cellar opened in October . At the time, Ayraud said she planned to open a cafe inside the back of the store early next year, but that timetable accelerated.
Ayraud said she borrowed $35,000 and built the cafe herself with a little help from her boyfriend, an amateur plumber.
The cafe took about a month to build.
“It was a lot of hard work, long nights without any sleep, but it was well worth it when I see the end result,” Ayraud said.
The cafe officially opens Friday at 8 p.m. There will be a 6 p.m. book signing for The Cottages of Lake Worth , a book that celebrates the city’s historic cottages.
The cafe has coffee that sells for $2 to $5; food (prices $5 to $12) and wine by the glass (from $8 to $12). Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and until midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.
Ayraud said the cafe seats 30 people and is about 1,000 square feet.
“There’s plenty of space for people to stand,” she said.
Ayraud runs the business with her sister and her brother-in-law, who live in Colorado and own a book and coffee shop there.
The store has about 30 sections — Beach Reads, Staff Favorites, Historical Fiction, Classics, Non-Fiction. The front section features new books and new authors, Ayraud said.
Since opening, Ayraud said Book Cellar has done well.
“The whole community has been so supportive and very excited,” Ayraud said. “But they keep asking, ‘When is the cafe opening?’ When is the cafe opening?’”