Poland and Canfield Library Cafe

Request for Proposal of Cafe Operation


The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC) invites proposals to lease and operate the café space in the ground floor lobby of the Poland Library, 311 South Main Street, Poland, OH 44514. The 1,000 square-foot retail space includes a full kitchen and an adjacent seating area.

The space can be available for a new tenant as early as August 16, 2021.  PLYMC is offering a 1-year lease with option for renewal at a rental rate to be negotiated. Prospective tenants must be prepared to offer full meal catering services to patrons in addition to regular café operations.

Interested parties should provide the following:

  • Business Plan with sample menu, hours of operation, and café name.
  • Proprietor resume, indicating experience in the restaurant industry.
  • Financial Plan, indicating sufficient funding to cover startup costs.
  • Proof of (or of the ability to obtain) liability insurance of $1M minimum.
  • Copy of catering/food service license.

Poland Library cafe space 2021
Poland Library cafe seating front

Please email or mail questions or application to:



Poland Library Café Selection Committee
c/o Learning and Literacy Manager
Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County
305 Wick Ave.
Youngstown OH 44503

The Selection Committee will offer the lease opportunity based on determination of quality, viability, and sustainability.  Proposers may be asked to interview with the committee and/or prepare sample menu items as part of the selection process.

Poland Cafe retail space request for proposal and equipment list PDF >>