March 1, 2010       

Waterbury Hospital Announces Grand Opening of Coffee Bar 

Kelly’s Expresso Bar to serve coffee, cold drinks, snacks in hospital lobby

WATERBURY – Visitors and employees passing through the entrance to Waterbury Hospital have a new place to stop for a hot coffee or pastry as they pass through the hospital’s revolving front door. Kelly’s Expresso Bar, owned and operated by Kelly Yordon, had its grand opening March 1 as a steady stream of curious visitors and employees stopped by to try a wide variety of coffee blends, cold drinks and snacks such as bagels, turnovers and muffins. 

The new coffee bar replaces the former Zuzu coffee bar in the lobby, which closed Jan. 31. Kelly’s Expresso Bar leases the space from the Waterbury Hospital Auxiliary, Inc., which in turn leases the space from the hospital. 

“We are very excited about this new vendor,” said Mary Calvo, RN, President of the Auxiliary. “We think people will really enjoy the coffees and other delicious items that are now being offered.” 

Kelly’s Expresso Bar is now open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will also be open for some weekend hours, though weekend hours of operation have not yet been determined. After 4 p.m., the coffee bar also offers soups and salads. 

“We’re very pleased to provide this new service for our guests and our employees,” said Steven Jalowiec, the hospital’s Administrative Director for Facility Operations.

Waterbury Hospital is the largest private employer in the Greater Waterbury region, and serves a vital role in the economic vitality of Western Connecticut. It is a private, non-profit acute care teaching hospital licensed for 367 beds and affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine, the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Founded in 1890 as Waterbury’s first and Connecticut’s fourth hospital, Waterbury Hospital is a full-service community health-care institution with centers of excellence in primary care, cardiac services, behavioral health and orthopaedics.