To the casual observer, things seem the same at the Bank Street Coffee House.

The smell of freshly brewed coffee is in the air. A photography display, "I am Africa," hangs on the walls.

Everything is status quo except for one detail -- the New Milford business has new owners.

Bev Monthie and her daughter, Kristin Monthie, took ownership of the Bank Street destination Nov. 1.

"It's something I've wanted to do for the past eight years," Mrs. Monthie said. "My daughter has just completed a culinary degree and was looking for a job. I read the article in The Spectrum that Dina and Ralph were selling the Coffee House -- the timing was perfect."

Ralph Landi and Dina Ferrante bought the coffee house in fall 2009. But family obligations brought a move to Colorado to be near Ms. Ferrante's family.

The couple had taken ownership from Rue Taylor, who had invested 15 years in the coffee house -- first as an employee of Charlie Roy, then eight years as co-owner with her husband, Michael.

Changes will be slight with this new ownership. The customers' drinking and eating area will remain the same, Mrs. Monthie said.

New ovens are being installed, however, as part of a complete kitchen makeover. Freshly baked bread will be offered along with other bakery treats prepared by Kristin.

"If I could have designed the plan of what my coffee house would look like, this would be it," Mrs. Monthie said. "From the eclectic tables to the colors on the walls, Dina and Ralph did a great job."

Mrs. Monthie's eatery background started in Wisconsin, where she worked in a cafe at a commuter airport. A move to Texas found her managing the coffee bar at a multi-media store like Border's.

She started a children's reading hour there.

Kristin Monthie is excited about this business venture with her mother.

"I always thought I would have a restaurant some time," she said. "I love baking bread and like variety in my cooking. It's kind of special having a place with my mom."

Coffee House regular Greg Montl said last week that, if he hadn't heard the sale had been imminent, he wouldn't have noticed a change.

"I love that they will have fresh, baked bread," Mr. Montl said. "I know Dina and Ralph had a philosophy of interacting with the other businesses downtown. It will be great if the new owners keep that happening."

Mrs. Monthie gave that suggestion an affirmative.