The Friendly Tap Opens Internet Café in Response to Local Demand

By Lauren Pinkston

Friendly Tap patrons now have a place for coffee and conversation in the morning, as well as stronger beverages at night, with the Roosevelt Road bar adding an Internet lounge.

Customers had been asking for , “a place in Berwyn to hang out and have coffee in a social environment,” said owner Rob Pierce. So he opened the lounge last May

Pierce made some renovations to create a warm, lounge vibe, inspired by artistic coffee houses found in New York City’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s. In addition to coffee, the lounge serves flavored sodas, mimosas, bloody marys, muffins, bagels, and other simple breakfast foods.

“People really enjoy it,” Pierce said. “It’s a really easy place to hang out and it’s one of the more social coffee house environments I’ve ever experienced.”

The Friendly Lounge is at 6733 W. Roosevelt Rd. and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m..

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