Gowanus pie shop Four and Twenty Blackbirds now serving food at Brooklyn Public Library in Grand Army Plaza

The library says it's a good way to bring new visitors to the library.

The library says it's a good way to bring new visitors to the library. (2/26/14)

BROOKLYN - A cafe has opened inside the Brooklyn Public Library's main branch in Grand Army Plaza, giving patrons the opportunity to check out books and food in the same place.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds, a Gowanus pie shop, is currently serving coffee and pastries inside the library. By March 14, the cafe will be up and running, serving sandwiches, salads, soup and more. Emily Elsen, the shop's owner, says it's a great way to bring their product to a wider audience. 

Patrons will also be able to eventually buy entire pies to take home, Elsen says.

A library spokesperson says opening a cafe is an opportunity to bring new visits to the library and keep the old ones coming back, especially when many people are reading digital books.

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