Welcom to Cat Alley Cafe: Artist’s creation conjures up model refresh with clever focus at Bookery’s cafe

Brooke Van Gurp with “Bob,”  the colourful cat design that impressed a model refresh. Courtesy Photograph

MANCHESTER, NH  – Tulip Hospitality proprietor and operator Tom Puskarich’s newest enterprise has a brand new title and new look. Previously referred to as Café at Bookery, the rebranded Cat Alley Cafe contained in the downtown bookstore is impressed by Brooke Van Gurp, Cat Alley muralist and longtime worker of Restoration Café – and now operations supervisor at Cat Alley Cafe.

A 2015 graduate of the New Hampshire Institute of Artwork, Van Gurp’s artistry has at all times been a part of her work with Tulip Hospitality. 

“We had been all blown away by her expertise that went into one of many up to date Cat Alley murals,” says Puskarich. “Brooke’s cat captured a particular place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to shine a light-weight on her work by making her vibrant, colourful cat (now referred to as ‘Bob’) the face and mascot of the rebranded Cat Alley Café.” 

Van Gurp was considered one of 18 artists who answered the Orbit Group’s name for muralists – the group behind the refresh – and whose work was chosen to be a part of the Cat Alley Revival. 

“We love supporting artists and bringing the neighborhood collectively in and outdoors of Bookery,” mentioned Liz Hitchcock, proprietor of the Bookery and a principal at Orbit Group.

Brooke Van Gurp stands in Cat Alley beneath “Bob” the cat, in progress, throughout Orbit Group’s Cat Alley mural refresh. Courtesy Photograph

“After spending my grownup life residing in and going to high school in downtown Manchester, I’ve cherished and appreciated the general public artwork downtown,” Van Gurp says. “To be part of a public artwork undertaking is humbling and an honor. I really like that one thing I created has turn out to be an inspiration for a spot the place meals, artwork and neighborhood intersect.” 

You’ll discover ‘Bob’s’ colourful presence all through the café while you go to, together with all kinds of espresso sourced solely from native roasters A&E Espresso & Tea, Important Mass and Hometown Espresso Roasters. As well as, the café provides a day by day array of house-made baked items, soups, salads, and sandwiches. The café additionally serves beer and wine and Puskarich’s imaginative and prescient consists of extra enjoyable methods to convey individuals collectively on this distinctive house. 

“In 2023, we’re doubling down on the neighborhood really feel that already exists in The Bookery,” says Puskarich, “We’re wanting ahead to rolling out a “Brunch and Sketch” program beginning late January, early February that includes bottomless Mimosas and guided sketching with help from Brooke herself.” 

Cat Alley Cafe is open seven days per week inside Bookery Manchester at 844 Elm Avenue in Manchester, NH. Be taught extra and sustain with the most recent cafe updates at 

About Tulip Hospitality 

Tulip Hospitality LLC is a multi-operational, built-in meals service firm serving Southern New Hampshire. Tulip Hospitality was fashioned to service the quickly altering meal and consuming habits of at this time’s trendy city dweller in new and revolutionary methods. Its three present manufacturers are Restoration Café, Cat Alley Café and Good & Planty.




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