CURRENTLY CLOSED REOPENING SCHEDULED FOR AUTUMN 2020
Friday: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Kitchen Closes at 4:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Kitchen Closes at 2:30 pm
Please note the Cafe is Closed the week before Labor Day
What is Reimagination’20?
Reimagine (Verb) To imagine or conceive something in a new way
I’ve been thinking, pondering, thinking more, pondering more. Some topics are as old as I am, some long festering, some continue to bring hope, some are new, due to the pandemic, some are connected to the new world order, some are the result of viewing extreme inhumanity and a hostile planet of our own making. The pandemic has given me the time to seek answers in a new way, a reimagined call for creative solutions in response to a new, hopefully soon, post-pandemic world and what I can personally do through my small business to advance a more hopeful and sustainable way of conducting business.
Dexter’s Den has been forced to close and though it was a passionate venture for me personally, it is the right thing to do at this time.
Black Cat Café
remains on course to reopen this Autumn, but we need your help.
Here are some of the battles we face in a post-covid world.
Upgraded technology expenses, restocking costs, rent arrears payments, utilities arrears, costs associated with new rules and regulations, costs for previously planned upgrades which funds have now evaporated. If you can help in any way defray the costs of renovation, innovation and the tremendous financial strain of trying to reopen our little café after this pandemic, please go to
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What follows is a short list of the conflicts I have been thinking about and our response to these issues.
Food procurement. As the general public have discovered, restaurant purveyors have access to the best quality and many local farms for products that never makes it to your local supermarket and if some do finally arrive on those shelves, it is often already not quite fresh and will likely stay a few more days off the shelves until the older products are sold. We will be procuring and producing (Yes, producing! We plan to develop our farmland in Vermont to supply the café in the near future.) the finest ingredients from local farms.
The destruction of our planet. Going forward the café will exclusively use all compostable wares including plates, cups, napkins, etc. Most of our compostable waste will be used at the farm in Vermont. I’ve been making my own sanitizer, soap and cleansers and I will share with you my recipes to make them yourself.
Personal Habits. We have to stop over spending, spending on plastics and spending on things that we really do not need. We need to take a hard look at how much we consume everything from food, to soap and toothpaste. Do you know, that most shampoos and conditioners are so highly concentrated, that literally, “a little dab will do ya.” We need to stop giving large corporations and their shareholders our hard-earned money, start getting thrifty, be a smart shopper and patronize local, independent, small businesses as many of us already do.
Post-Covid Realities. We will have new rules and regulations; these are constantly changing and we will adapt when the time arrives to reopen. In the meantime, we are researching ways to incorporate a non-invasive system of sanitizing and new ways to disinfect that do no harm to our planet.
The physical space is still under the creative process but will incorporate a new way of seating, serving and sanitizing. The café will continue to be a welcoming spot but will utilize technology to make transactions, reservations, ordering and payment safer with a contactless system.
Freshly-Clicked! New Services We will be offering delivery via a dedicated staff member. We will personally pack and freshly deliver all your orders.
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