By By Tony Mayne, DA Public Affairs Intern, USAG-Rock Island Arsenal Public AffairsDecember 18, 2012
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, ILL. -- Káva Café, a coffee bar that provides free Wi-Fi and Starbucks coffee and menu items, had its grand opening at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 13, in the former retail store in Bldg. 60, on Rock Island Arsenal.
The Káva Café's hours are from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with delivery available from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fee for this service is $2 with the fee being waived for purchases more than $20.
"There is more to come," said Sherri Saskowski, local operations manager for Sheridan's Hospitality Management (a division of Hasty Tasty Food Service Inc.) when speaking of the Káva Café. Delivery service is available by phone, (309) 782-0500. This service will deliver anything on the café's menu to your desk within 20 minutes; this includes the various coffees, pastries, artisan sandwiches and other items. There are plans to expand its menu to include local items including organic and gluten free items.
"By opening this coffee shop, we are addressing a need requested by our customers, quality Starbucks coffee and other menu items," said Saskowski.
In January, Sheridan's Hospitality Management will launch an online website, deliver2yourdesk.com, which will allow Arsenal Island employees to order food from the Káva Café and the cafeteria and have it delivered to their offices.
Joel Himsl, Rock Island Arsenal garrison manager, along with Gail Starkweather, location's owner, and Saskowski cut the ribbon to officially open the café.
At the grand opening, members and friends of the Rock Island Arsenal workforce in attendance were treated to massage services by Terese Wallace with Elysiums Touch Therapeutic Massage in Davenport, live music by local musician Tony Hoeppner, complimentary brownie bites and coffee, as well as giveaways of Starbucks coffee samplers and other items.
Saskowski said, "The Káva Café was a dream that began in 2006 with a call from Starbucks, and it took until 2012 to make it a reality." The former retail store had to be remodeled to allow the necessary utilities to be added.
"The Káva Café is also available for evening and weekend rentals to support and host meetings," said Saskowski.