If you're in Hillsboro Village this week, finishing up last-minute Christmas shopping or subjecting Village denizens to your mad caroling skills, don't expect to stop at Fido for a bracing caramel-and-mocha-latte Rolover. The popular coffeehouse, part of Bob Bernstein's Bongo Java empire, will temporarily shut its doors at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20, to allow crews to knock out the wall between Fido's current space and its upcoming addition next door.
Fido, which has been a thriving Village hangout since it opened in 1996, decided to annex the neighboring space after Taste of Tokyo closed last year. Bernstein says the addition will house Fido's growing baking operation and a new dining area that can accommodate the brunch and lunch crowds by day and private parties in the evening.
John Stephenson, Fido's talented chef, says the plan is to reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. But depending on construction, it could be Jan. 4. That would mean that despite missing the traditional winter holidays, Fido would reopen just in time to provide wake-up juice to ward off World Hypnotism Day.