By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
Needing a last minute host for Wednesday’s coffee event, the Hope Hempstead Chamber of Commerce turned to a familiar friend for the proceedings as Hope’s Amigo Juan restaurant hosted the weekly business gathering, the last in November before next week’s holiday.
On site at the restaurant itself, there was a generous spread of food and samples from the kitchen as a mini-buffet and serving line were set up in the main dining area just prior to the normal lunch time opening.
Amigo Juan has been a fixture for years at its Hope location at 1300 N Hervey Street, and it has also been prominent over the years in catering local events and functions, mostly recently at the Veteran’s Day salute on Monday at Hempstead Hall.
Chamber director Beckie Moore said, “With the holidays next week, this will be our last coffee for the month of November, and then we will have the last three ones at different sites in December, including the last one at the old Courthouse.”
Incidentally, Hope’s Farmer’s Bank, the site of the new Courthouse, will also host a Community Coffee in December, even as they continue building their brand new facility across the street.
As they’ve done in the past, Steve Lance and Associates will also host the last coffee of the year for 2018.
“We have an exciting slate of events and coffees to wrap up the year after Thanksgiving. It is going to be a busy time,” Moore said.
Among the Chamber events coming up soon will be an unique Pre-Thanksgiving Business After Hours hosted by Heather Doucet’s State Farm agency on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and then the following week, Thursday, Nov. 29 will be the annual Downtown Christmas Open House.