When Vincent Pezzuto and Patrick Brennan started dating eight years ago, the coffee shop was their go-to date.
Beginning at Tend Coffee in Shirley, then stretching out to cafés across Long Island and New York City, the couple built their relationship while developing a passion for coffee shop culture. And along the way, Pezzuto and Brennan established a mutual dream to someday operate their own café.
On Monday, Aug. 30, their vision becomes a reality when for the very first time they swing open the doors to their Cool Beans Coffee Shoppe in West Sayville. The new café — located at 14 Washington Ave. and just a stone’s throw from the West Sayville Golf Course on Montauk Highway — will begin serving customers at 7 a.m.
“This is a culmination of our dreams and all of our planning,” Pezzuto, 25, told GreaterLongIsland on Saturday. “Going to coffee shops was something we did as a couple. We really liked the atmosphere. We connected with that coffee culture.”
Pezzuto said he and Brennan are shooting to bring a slice of the New York City coffee shop style to West Sayville.
“I’ve always liked the Brooklyn culture — the kind of coffee shops you see in Red Hook and Park Slope,” said Pezzuto, a Longwood High School graduate who spent much of his youth with family in Brooklyn. Brennan, 27, graduated from William Floyd High School.
Cool Beans’ decor will be the modern vintage style that “appeals to the younger generation and also to the older generation,” Pezzuto said. The shop can seat about 20 customers, and includes a coffee bean colored Chesterfield four-piece sofa set that seats nine.
Along with its USDA certified organic coffee, Cool Beans will also serve up a wide variety of organic teas, Pezzuto said. Customers can feel comfortable arriving hungry — the café will serve pastries, muffins, cakes and bagels with vegan and gluten free options galore.
Pezzuto and Brennan, who live in the Moriches area and have previously been involved in real estate and development, were drawn to West Sayville because of the tight knit community feel of West Sayville and Sayville.
“The community is very appreciative of its small businesses,” Pezzuto said. “It is a very community oriented place. That’s what we want to be a part of — a part of the celebrations and the camaraderie.”
In fact, the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce has planned a special ribbon cutting, grand opening ceremony for Cool Beans on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 9:30 a.m.
“The chamber is so excited to have the ‘perks’ of a new coffee shop in West Sayville,” Sayville chamber President Eileen Tyznar said on Sunday. “It will be nice to have a coffee spot that will have a really cool artsy vibe for people to meet for a cup of Joe, or to take a cup on the go.”
Pezzuto noted how Tyznar and the chamber have welcomed he and Brennan with open arms, noting that he and Tyznar are already beginning to plan for the possibility of special community events involving Cool Beans.
“We look to move to Sayville in the future, adopt a child and have a family here,” Pezzuto said. “Opening Cool Beans paves the way for us to citizenry here.”
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