Auburn Public Café: Downtown theater plans $1.2 million expansion

Auburn Public Theater is hoping for an early Christmas present.

The downtown theater is awaiting word from the state on a $600,000 Consolidated Funding Application it submitted earlier this year. The state will make the announcement at its regional economic development council awards ceremony sometime this month. And for theater Executive Director Carey Eidel and Artistic Director Angela Daddabbo, that announcement can't come soon enough.

That's because the $600,000 would support the next expansion of Eidel and Daddabbo's theater: Café Einstein.

The café will be located at the corner of Genesee and Exchange streets, which is currently the office of lawyer Dennis Sedor. It will be a for-profit business that pays rent and donates to Auburn Public Theater. Daddabbo said she and Eidel modeled the café, and its relationship to their nonprofit theater, after Café at 407 in Liverpool, which supports eating disorder treatment center Ophelia's Place.

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