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Spout Springs library is getting this new café
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Diletto Bakery, as seen in this Times file photo, opened in midtown Gainesville in late 2019. Its second location is slated to open this spring inside the Spout Springs library.

South Hall bookworms will soon have another reason to visit their local library.

The Hall County Library System on Tuesday announced the newest occupant of the Friends of the Library’s café space at the Spout Springs branch: Diletto Bakery. 

The café, which has been serving coffee, sandwiches and signature pastries to midtown Gainesville since late 2019, is slated to open its second location this spring.

Diletto will fill the year-old void left by the sudden departure of Friends Cafe, which occupied the space for 11 years.

According to Diletto’s owner James Velez, the bakery submitted an application to the library system to take over the space. With the recent green light, Velez said he’s targeting mid-May for Diletto 2.0’s debut.

The cafe’s menu will feature the same variety of desserts, pastries and coffee customers have come to expect from Diletto’s flagship location on Bradford Street — which Velez said won’t be going anywhere — and a few pre-made sandwiches. 

Velez said some new desserts are in the works that may be exclusive to the forthcoming Flowery Branch location.

“We look forward to serving the Flowery Branch community," Velez told The Times. “We have customers who drive up from Flowery Branch and even Buford, and now they won’t have to travel as far.”