Coffee, tea, wine center? Storage for all the cups, wine glasses, syrups, coffees, teas, fancy sugars, rather than cookbook storage on top make that the liquor cabinet -- hmm. Add dessert plates/bowls and parfait glass storage to this area, too. It becomes "after dinner central" -- coffee, dessert, espresso martini anyone?
Different Kitchen/pantry idea: "Hallway" behind kitchen-- long countertop & cabinets underneath with rolling drawers/shelves and sliding glass/window doors. Countertop can be used for small appliances, and the appliances can be put in the cabinets to clear space to be used as a food buffet. Put pantry shelves on opposite wall with a curtain in front or "hide-able" doors.