MOUNT VERNON — The short north section of Public Square will see a caffeinated boost come Tuesday morning when the North Main Cafe, 108 N. Main St., makes its long anticipated opening at 6:30 a.m.
Owners of the family-run and designed restaurant, sisters-in-law Rachel Miller and Sarah Eash, and their husbands, Nate Miller and LaVerne Eash, are thrilled to finally embark on their dream of serving delicious family recipes to the community.
“We have always kind of talked about (opening a cafe),” Rachel told the News. “We just could never really find the right location, nothing was ever really right. So, this is a dream come true for us.”
“We had looked at an older house that we thought about starting the cafe in … but we didn’t feel like that was where we were supposed to be, so we sort of dropped (the idea of starting a cafe),” she continued. “Later, my friend told me he had a building that he wanted us to look at. That’s when we picked the idea back up.
“This was a good location, right here, downtown. It was pretty rough to begin with, but when we saw the vaulted ceilings and the old brick, it all started coming together in our heads.”
With the help of Rachel’s father, contractor Randy Wert, a floor-plan of the entire cafe was developed. Wert also put a lot of effort into building and refurbishing the location.
After months of hard work, North Main Cafe now harnesses an urban-chic atmosphere, with distressed bricks, wooden beams, cream wall-panneling, enormous windows, vaulted ceilings, wooden tables and sturdy, dark-metal chairs. Small succulent plants serve as table centerpieces. The cafe is projected to seat 50.
According to Rachel, North Main Cafe will be a breakfast and lunch cafe. In addition to serving traditional breakfast foods, such as omelets, North Main will also offer a number of fun, homemade, unique family dishes, many originating from Sarah’s Amish background.
“We just kind of grew up with (these foods),” Sarah, now a Mennonite, said. “Growing up Amish, you just did everything scratch. My brother (Nate) grew up Amish and I grew up Amish; my parents are still Amish, so we have that rich heritage there.”
The cafe will serve a hearty breakfast dish, which Sarah has enjoyed all of her life, called the Gold Rush Bowl, made up of layers of scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, sausage and a homemade cream sauce.
Baked oatmeal, homemade granola, avocado toast, homemade dressings, sauces and more Amish dishes will fill the stomachs of happy customers.
The cafe will also serve Sarah’s special cinnamon roll pancakes, which are pancakes swirled with cinnamon and sugar and topped with a cream cheese drizzle.
Lunch will consist of soups, salads and sandwiches, including a homemade cheeseburger, created with fresh ground beef and mixed with seasonings.
Even North Main desserts will be modeled after beloved family recipes. A treat known as fruit delights, which were often served in Sarah’s family, will be a featured dessert at the cafe.
“It’s something that nobody has here, but we all grew up eating delights,” Sarah said.
The fruit delights consist of a pastry crust topped with cream cheese and seasonal fruits.
North Main Cafe will utilize an espresso machine, which will allow customers to order numerous different coffee drinks, including iced coffees. The cafe will also serve smoothies and protein shakes.
North Main Cafe will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
In the future, the cafe may also dabble in catering and being open during community events, such as in the evenings during First Fridays.