'Perfect Coffee' Cafe Plans to Open in Reading
Perfecto’s Caffe resolved their building foundation issue and will move to south Main Street.
Perfecto’s Caffe is still brewing plans to move to south Main Street in Reading.
Two town boards approved revised plans for the site, just north of eCars, in March, according to Town Staff Planner Jessie Wilson. At issue, Wilson told Patch: the foundation on which the existing building, a former tux shop, sits. The business owner elected to replace rather than modify and reuse the existing foundation, Wilson said, necessitating another review by two boards, planning and conservation.
The next step: applying for a building permit, according to the town staff planner and Max Gabriello who, with his brother Andrea, started the business, which now has seven stores.
Gabriello declined to offer a timetable for the rest of the work.
The brothers have been working with the town for a long time, he said. “We want to open” there. The business received initial approval for the project from the Community Planning and Development Commission in October of 2009 and from the Conservation Commission in June, 2010, according to a Patch article from last year.
Now they have to finalize and submit plans for the café to the building inspector.
Max Gabriello and his brother started Perfecto’s Caffe in 1992, Gabriello told Patch, in Andover. Some of the customers in the Andover store are from Reading, he said, explaining why they wanted to open here. The brothers own three stores, in Andover, Tewksbury and Kennebunk, Maine, he said, and franchise two, in Peabody and North Andover.
The Gabriellos have been in the baking business for many years, Gabriello said. Their parents came from Italy, he said, and they followed a family tradition. He always wanted, he said, to be self-employed.
Max Gabriello came up with the business name because, he said, their idea is to serve a perfect product – perfecto -- including a wide selection of coffees. Caffe, in Italian -- along with hand-made baked goods, gourmet wraps and fresh salads, with perfect service.
The cafes seat about 25 customers, Gabriello said, and are generally open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.