During the celebration in Honesdale for the annual “Roots and Rhythm” festival held in Central Park, one local family was hosting an open house at one of the newest cafes to hit the area.


Tom and Jamie Maher will be opening The Cottage Cafe, located on the corner of Seventh and Church Street, the weekend of July 10.

 


During the celebration in Honesdale for the annual “Roots and Rhythm” festival held in Central Park, one local family was hosting an open house at one of the newest cafes to hit the area.

Tom and Jamie Maher will be opening The Cottage Cafe, located on the corner of Seventh and Church Street, the weekend of July 10.

Q: How long have you been in Honesdale, and how did the idea come about to open the cafe?

A: “I grew up in Honesdale,” said Jamie. “I graduated from Honesdale High School in 1996, then I went East Stroudsburg University. About three months ago we decided that we wanted to open this place. We were looking to venture out and do something for ourselves and our family.
 “I’ve been in the hospitality business since I was 12 and always wanted a place of my own. We’ve been driving by this place for years and always saw so much potential in it, especially with outdoor dining.”
“It happened fast. All of the sudden we’re looking for equipment, tables, chairs, settings, the whole nine yards,” said Tom.
“Honesdale needs something that’s fresh. We’re going to have good, quality food that is reasonably priced.”

Q: How would you describe The Cottage Cafe?

A: “It’s cottage funky, cottage fun,” explained Jamie.
“We’re going to have crepes, Quinoa salads, specialty sandwiches, salads fresh from the farmers market. We want to try to utilize the local produce as much as we can and we want everything to be as fresh as can be.”

Q: Any signature dishes on the menu?

A: “We’re going to have a lot of different dishes,” said Tom. “But our crepes will probably be the signature dish. We’ll have strawberry and mecada, a western crepe with ham, cheese, and egg. Also farmers market quesadilla, homemade soups, homemade salsa, all different types of good, healthy food.”
“It’s going to be healthy food. We want to be able to cater to the local businesses and be able to deliver as well,” added Jamie.

Q: Do you plan on having any special events or features?

A: “We want to feature a different artist monthly. Right now we have, Jill Carletti, and Yanni Glykokokalos. They are all wonderful artists,” said Jamie.
“In the evenings, from maybe 6 p.m. on certain nights we want to have special events. We’re looking to have entertainment like this, (referring to Erin McClellend’s band) outside in the backyard,” said Tom.
“Someone may want to have Mom and Dad’s anniversary party here, birthday parties, any kind of private party or special events.”

Q: Future plans, hours of operation?

A: “We plan on being open 10-5 Monday through Saturday. Sunday we are looking to do a brunch table with quiches, a cook-to-serve omelet, muffins, pastries. We want to be open on Sundays from about 9-2,” Tom said.
“This is a family-oriented business and we are very excited to open. We can’t wait,” said Jamie.