ROUND HOUSE BAKERY CAFÉ TO MOVE INTO THE HUBBARD HALL OPERA HOUSE
Hubbard Hall Center For the Arts and Education and Round House Bakery Cafe
Announce New Partnership to Keep Main Street Vibrant
Read more about this New Partnership in The Alt.
Hubbard Hall and the Round House Bakery Café announced that, as of April, 2017, Round House Bakery Café will re-open and operate in the storefront of Hubbard Hall at 25 East Main St. in Cambridge, NY.
The Round House Bakery Cafe is currently located at Washington and Main St. in Cambridge in a building that is currently up for sale. After much consideration, Round House owners Lisa and Scott Carrino felt the move into Hubbard Hall made the most sense for their business and community. The move also serves the Hall’s goals of supporting business on Main Street and offering its customers an even better experience at the Hall.
“Having Round House Bakery Café in the Hall will be such a wonderful addition to all the ways we serve our community,” said Hubbard Hall Executive & Artistic Director David Snider. “From pre-show dinners to after-show drinks and desserts, the presence of Round House will be a boon for our audiences and our students. And the community will be better able to stay connected with all that we do here on the Hubbard Hall campus.”
When Round House’s current building was put up for sale, a GoFundMe campaign was launched, which raised $75,000 towards a down payment . Upon further research/reflection, however, it became clear to Lisa and Scott that the purchase of this property would not be the best move for the business. They explored other options, including the closure of the café and shifting their focus entirely to their bakery at Pompanuck.The move into Hubbard Hall will provide a financially sustainable way to keep the business on Main street, with greater support and opportunities to grow, including chances to partner with the Hall to train, mentor and hire local youth in the café business.
The funds raised will be used to grow and equip the café to better serve customers going forward.
“We are both very excited to have the opportunity to start a bright new chapter for our business in the heart of our community in Hubbard Hall – a vital part of our community that we know and love,” said Round House Bakery Café co-owner Scott Carrino. “The move of our Cafe to the Hubbard Hall building serves a number of creative purposes for our business and to Hubbard Hall’s programming. The space is a good fit for our cafe.
“We’ll have twice the kitchen space with a real stove and proper storage,” said co-owner Lisa Carrino. “We will have more seating and the possibility to have a refrigerated pastry case and more shelving to present our baked goods and retail offerings in a way that we cannot in our present location. Our relationship with Hubbard Hall will be strengthened in a way that we have always envisioned and can now manifest more easily. We look forward to offering Hall audience members meals and refreshments before and after shows. Having an active and popular cafe on site will bring much more foot traffic right into the heart of the Hall. We see this as a benefit to the Hall as much as it is to us”
The Hubbard Hall Box Office and information center will continue to operate in the front of the café space. Round House Bakery Café will rent the space from Hubbard Hall, with the Hall and the Café partnering to support each other’s growth with complementary programming and café offerings.
About Round House Bakery Café
Round House Bakery began as a project of Pompanuck Farm, a 501c3 not-for-profit educational center managed by Scott and Lisa Carrino since 1991. The Carrinos spent much of the past 25 years in the Round House kitchen preparing meals for people who visited the farm to attend classes, workshops, and musical events. People loved the food which was sourced from the farm and local producers. Visitors to Pompanuck Farm and workshop participants enjoyed the process of making bread and pizzas in the woodfired oven located in the center of the Round House. This is where Round House Bakery was born. Starting small with their personal longtime specialties – Lisa with cakes, cookies, and pastries and Scott with wholesome breads and pizzas – they sold their goods at Farmers’ Markets and small local businesses including the Cambridge Food Co-op. In 2010 they built a full scale commercial kitchen and were incorporated as a bakery. In 2013 they reopened a long-shuttered coffee house in the Village of Cambridge as Round House Bakery Cafe. The Carrinos and their staff provide the same kind of healthy fresh meals and community ambiance in the village as they did in the country. Both Carrinos grew up in homes where cooking happened every day, in families that valued the importance of shared meals. They believe that the dining table is a democratic arena where people can meet, converse, work, or read the newspaper in a safe, welcoming, environment while enjoying a meal that they know was sourced as locally as possible and prepared with honesty, health, and good taste. For the Carrinos, coming to Hubbard Hall feels like coming home and home is where the good food is – at 25 East Main St. in the Spring of 2017! www.roundhousebakery.com and www.pompanuck.org.
About Hubbard Hall
Since 1878 Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education has developed, produced, and presented theater, music, opera, dance and the visual arts. From 19th century vaudeville and traveling troupes performing Shakespeare to today’s newest developing artists, the Hall has long been a home for theater, opera, dance and music and in recent years has developed into a world-class development center for new work. As a training ground for both young and seasoned artists, Hubbard Hall continues to develop a new generation of artists and audiences while providing opportunities for individuals to take new risks and grow beyond their comfort zone. Through classes in dance, theater, music, movement, puppetry, fencing and even gardening, Hubbard Hall gives students of all ages an opportunity to learn, collaborate and grow. By offering arts education programming in schools and throughout our region, we connect more deeply with our community and give students throughout the region the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts. Hubbard Hall operates four buildings, including its original 1878 opera house and three recently renovated freight yard buildings containing dance, music and visual arts studios, offices, arts exhibit spaces and a black box theater. Hubbard Hall is located at 25 East Main Street in Cambridge, NY. For more information on this and all Hubbard Hall programs, or to purchase tickets, register for classes, make a donation and/or become a Hubbard Hall Pass carrier please visit www.hubbardhall.org or call (518) 677-2495.