Fa­mil­iar name sets up cafe, bak­ery in­side court­house

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Community - BY VIKAAS SHANKER [email protected]­ced­sun­star.com

For the first time in four years, court staff, jurors, lawyers and oth­ers vis­it­ing the Merced court­house won’t have to drive sev­eral blocks to grab a bite to eat be­tween hear­ings.

Jantz Cafe and Bak­ery opened a new lo­ca­tion for busi­ness last week on the se­cond floor of the court­house at 2260 N Street, ac­cord­ing to court of­fi­cials.

Many lo­cals are al­ready fa­mil­iar with the Jantz name. Jantz for many years has op­er­ated a res­tau­rant off G Street in Merced, plus a lo­ca­tion off Belle­vue Road in At­wa­ter.

“We’re not re­ally close to any res­tau­rant or fast food places,” said Merced Su­pe­rior Court CEO Linda Romero-Soles. “So it’s nice to have some­thing in the court­house . ... It’s also per­fect tim­ing be­cause of the in­clement weather.”

The place Jantz is oc­cu­py­ing has been va­cant since June 2014, when Sub­way moved out, Romero-Soles said. The only food and drinks avail­able since then had been items from vend­ing ma­chines.

Court of­fi­cials had been look­ing at cor­po­rate ven­dors for the space, in­clud­ing Dunkin’ Donuts, Star­bucks and Pete’s Cof­fee, Romero-Soles said. But it was eas­ier to work with the lo­cal busi­ness, Jantz.

Jantz of­fers baked goods, lunch items, cof­fee and soft drinks, RomeroSoles said. It’s open 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day.

Cour­tesy Merced Su­pe­rior Court

Jantz Cafe & Bak­ery has opened on the se­cond floor of the Merced court­house in a space last oc­cu­pied by a Sub­way in 2014.

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