Attention Coffee Lovers: Best SPoT on the Island

Coffee lovers: Christmas has come early at Serene Gardens cafe, which has become Grand Island's only location to carry SPoT coffee. SPoT Coffee is a Buffalo-based company known for excellent coffee from around the world. It recently earned the 201

Coffee lovers: Christmas has come early at Serene Gardens cafe, which has become Grand Island's only location to carry SPoT coffee. Located at 2800 Grand Island Boulevard, the island cafe features SPoT Coffee in both house blend and specialty blends in 12-oz and 16-oz sizes for in-house consumption or to go. Ground and unground coffee beans also are available.

SPoT Coffee is a Buffalo-based company known for excellent coffee from around the world. It recently earned the 2012 ArtVoice Best of Buffalo "Best Coffee" award. Serene Gardens is the only authorized cafe on the island to proudly serve SPoT Coffee.

"We're proud to be able to offer our customers Buffalo's finest in coffee, along with our premium imported teas," said Josh Smith, president of Serene Gardens. "This complements our menu of authentic Japanese dishes with international influences. SPoT tastes great with all our homemade dishes, from our crepes to our fish fry."

Serene Gardens is a full-menu restaurant operated by GI residents Satomi and Josh Smith, who opened the cafe this year after spending 12 years in Japan. Satomi is the head chef at the restaurant, which features authentic Japanese family recipes with a blend of modern adaptations. The cafe is open every day except Monday. Check the website (www.Serene-Gardens.com) for times and menu listings.

The associated Serene Gardens nursery and garden-design center features a full range of flowers and plants suitable for the Western New York climate, as well as a specialty in Japanese-style plants.

Serene Gardens also is a hub of Japanese cultural activities, offering language instruction and lessons on the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and ikebana (flower arranging). It also is the site of periodic music concerts.