Taking Care of Business: Miss Café open six days a week
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
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Tara Martel greets Maria Pepe early Wednesday morning, Jan. 15. Pepe says coffee and pastries are available all day, everyday.----Photo by Maddy Houk
Tara Martel greets Maria Pepe early Wednesday morning, Jan. 15. Pepe says coffee and pastries are available all day, everyday.----Photo by Maddy Houk
Maria Pepe and her family fulfilled a lifelong dream this month when they opened Miss Café in the former Plaza Grocery Building on Plaza Circle. The coffee shop is located in the same place where Cheryl Lane’s Cakery was in residence until a few months ago.

Doors are open seven days a week and customers are invited to come by in the morning or afternoon.

“I would like to welcome everybody to stop and see us,” Maria said. “We always have fresh brewed coffee — regular and decaf.”

Maria, her husband Frank, and their daughters Sara and Sofia, came to Patterson to be near their beloved relatives — sister-in-law, Maryann Estrada, a local realtor, and mother-in-law, Lucile Pepe, who passed away in June.

The family has been in the United States for 16 years after their departure from Serpa, Portugal. Though the family is excited about the prospect of opening a coffee shop in Patterson, this isn’t their first go-around when it comes to business. Maria said they had a coffee shop in Portugal before residing in the States.

“It’s always been a little dream of ours to open the business — a coffee shop,” Maria said. “We had one those before back in Europe. I’ve always wanted to bring a European coffee shop to America.”

Daughter Sara is on the premises with Maria most of the time, hence the name Miss Café. Meanwhile, husband Franck lends a lot of support, while youngest family member Sofia attends classes at Patterson High School.

Every day Maria makes a different soup for her patrons, but promises clam chowder served every Friday; Maria’s Portuguese beans are also a well-renowned delicacy of hers. Plans for spring and summer include the possibilities of having Portuguese sweet breads and filhos (Portuguese donuts) on the menu. The family is also thinking of serving Portuguese beans and linguica come Apricot Fiesta time.

Besides soups, sandwiches are served with customers’ choice of bread, meat and condiments.

Coffee — regular and decaf — are available all day, as are pastries and cookies. Residents are invited to call ahead of time to place their lunch orders for swift service.

Miss Café’s winter hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 11 Plaza, Suite D.

For information: 895-4233

Local businesses who are new to town or have news to share may call Maddy Houk at 892-6187.

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