BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Since opening its doors last August, Yogoccino Self Serve Frozen Yogurt Café at 442 Springfield Ave. has established itself as much more than just a place to satisfy a yogurt craving.

The newest addition to the restaurant isn’t even a menu item. In March, Yogoccino began offering a special program for parents and kids, Coffee & Story Time. Four times a month, the restaurant has a special weekday feature that combined coloring and other activities for young children while a parent can enjoy coffee and breakfast.

Coffee & Story Time is offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays the first and third weeks of each month, and on Wednesdays on the second and fourth weeks of the month.

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“While moms have coffee and breakfast with the other moms, the kids get more attention and the parents get an hour of peace and quiet without interruptions,” said Ellen de Luna, manager of Yogoccino and the director of Coffee & Story Time. “It’s been well-received.”

Two videos of Coffee & Story Time are below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2LujCGTWns&feature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxjnDyLCABw&feature=youtu.be

Owner Steven Guastamacchia, a Scotch Plains resident, has already expanded the business significantly in just more than half a year.

Other new features at Yogoccino include the addition of dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights beginning in February, and a recently revised menu for spring.

“The yogurt side opened when we opened in August,” de Luna said. “Then we opened the restaurant side in December, and instituted dinner (three nights a week) in February. Now we have a new menu for spring.”

The menu is quite comprehensive, and also mindful of special dietary needs.

“We offer gluten-free products, and we’ve added Vegan Delight, a salmon burger and grilled, marinated chicken breast,” de Luna said. “There’s more variety to the menu, including things like Cajun blackened salmon and Chicken Cordon Bleu.”

The core of Yogoccino still emphasizes its beverages and yogurt options.

“We have all types of Smoothies—both fruit- and coffee-based.”

De Luna, a Berkeley Heights resident, has enjoyed the opportunities to meet her neighbors at the job.

“I’m a consultant with a daughter in Kindergarten,” de Luna said. “It’s been great to meet so many people in the community.”

Yogoccino is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. They accept all major credit cards.