New to New York, the first Corner Bakery Cafe opened in Aug. 15, right in the busy part of Pittsford on Monroe Avenue.

For just about 20 years, the Corner Bakery Cafe has served customers in Chicago, Dallas and throughout the United States. New to New York, the first Corner Bakery Cafe opened in Aug. 15, right in the busy part of Pittsford on Monroe Avenue.

The cafe is located at 3300 Monroe Ave., a building devoted to shopping spaces. But the Corner Bakery Cafe fills a new niche in the former Blockbuster location, offering made-to-order sandwiches, pastas, salads, soups and an all-day breakfast menu.

Franchise owner Fran Desimone, a Perinton resident, brings more than 30 years in the restaurant industry, having operated similar franchises before. With plans to open nearly two dozen Corner Bakery Cafes in the region, Desimone says the restaurant fills a new niche.

“What we do is different than our competitors, from the freshness of our ingredients and the quality of our food, as well as the decor,” Desimone says.

The menu is jam-packed with variety, from fruit-topped salads, a creamy chicken carbonara, or a hot grilled pomodori panini with melted provolone cheese. Homemade lemonade, sweetened with sugar boiled on premises, offers a refreshing alternative to a midday soda.

But the crown jewel of Corner Bakery Cafe is the dessert spread, notably a cinnamon creme cake with a melt-in-your-mouth, bread-like texture.

Desimone says that even in less than two weeks of business, there’s some customers he’s seen every day.

“We’ve had people in here eight or nine times already, saying they love it,” he said.

Inside, a warm, nostalgic atmosphere with wood trim and silver ceiling fans invites customers to sit down and stay awhile, with a working fireplace situated on the right side of the room surrounded by plush leather chairs. On the walls, a collage of photos features several of Pittsford’s landmarks, like the village clock.

A local connection is important to Desimone, who says he hopes the cafe will be a popular meeting spot, capable of providing a quick bite to eat or space for a sit-down discussion.

Desimone says he’s already heard from local high school students that they plan on making Corner Bakery Cafe their local lunch stop, and a donation to Golisano’s Children’s Hospital is soon to be presented.

“It’s about being a part of the community,” he said. “We like to get involved, and we want to help the community.”

The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.