I was running down Main Street in Herkimer (or possibly up it; I’m not good with directions) when I saw a sign for The Java Shop by Cucino Berto. Well, I am always on the lookout for a new place to sit, sip, and write. I made up my mind to stop in soon.
I had been to the restaurant Cucino Berto when they were located at the Frankfort Marina. According to their website, after two successful years there, Cucino Berto decided to relocate and rebrand. They now offer Friday dinners at the Herkimer Elks Lodge as well as breakfast and lunch daily at The Java Shop.
The first time I stopped into the Java Shop was a Saturday afternoon, and it seemed to be crowded with people who knew the owner. However, the gentleman behind the counter immediately greeted me and took my order. I enjoy a home town shop supported by family and friends. I hope to become, if not a friend, at least a regular customer.
I later learned that the Business and Professional Association of Herkimer had been there earlier to welcome them to the neighborhood. That explained the balloons I saw hovering by the cash register. I think it’s wonderful to see local businesses supporting each other.
The second time I tried to go to the Shop (the following Monday), it was closed for renovations. The renovation was worth the wait: more seating and a more open feel. I got there just after they opened on a Saturday and had a breakfast sandwich. I chose a roll over a bagel (even though they had Everything Bagels, my favorite!), fried egg (with a broken yolk), ham and provolone. Oh, was that a good sandwich! The ham was sliced thin and the egg was cooked to perfection.
I had regular, fresh brewed coffee on each visit. I tend to be a “regular coffee” kind of person, but they have a variety of coffees available. You can even get a coffee flight and try three different kinds. I’ve had beer flights but never a coffee flight. Perhaps I should expand my horizons.
The Java Shop has a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. I enjoyed to sit by myself and write in my notebook, but I will be happy to bring a friend or two as well. After all, my husband Steven loves his coffee. He shouldn’t always have to brew his own!
The Java Shop is located at 143 N. Main St., Herkimer, NY, phone number 315-717-7724. They are open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information you can visit the Cucino Berto website at https://cucinaberto.wordpress.com.