The Danish flag and lighting fixtures add to the atmosphere of the industrial space in the Galleria. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)
By DANIELLE TEPPER
In the 105 years since its construction, the Galleria of Red Bank has had a revolving door for local business owners. Built as a uniform factory and presently home to a spa, an intuitive specialist, a framing shop, restaurants and more, the brick building now touts a newly opened coffee shop.
However, to simply say coffee shop is to the put the Danish Café in the same league as dime-a-dozen Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts shops. Instead, husband-and-wife owners Claudi and Lone Kofod, above, are trying to expand American palates with a taste of Denmarks delectable wienerbrød (pastries) and authentic frokost (lunch) dishes.
The Kofods are from the small island of Bornholm, population 42,000, where they were both born and raised. Married 27 years, they moved to the States three months ago on an investor visa to conquer the challenge of operating their own business in America.