WESTFIELD - While the name remains similar to its previous incarnation, the food offerings at Beth's Parkview Caf are not.
The caf held a soft opening on Saturday, Sept. 1 and will be holding a grand opening later this month at its 3 E. Main St. location. Owner Beth Powers wanted to allow some time for both her and her two employees, Kimberly Eshleman and Joyce Behm, to get their feet wet.
And so far, the feedback has been positive, with customers commenting on the great vibe.
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Beth’s Parkview Café, located at 3 E. Main St., Westfield, is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday and offers free Wi-fi.
"It's a friendly place," Powers said. "The dcor is bright and cheery."
"It's a happy place to be," Eshleman said. "We have fun."
Beth's Parkview Caf deals with local vendors - such as Stedman Corners Coffee - and local bakers - such as Barb Johnson and Ann's Holiday Confections - for its products. While it will be purchasing upscale products from Maplevale Farms, the breakfast and lunch spot will not be charging upscale prices.
"It's not your typical bacon, eggs and toast type place," Powers said. "It's quiches, breakfast casseroles and ... panini style sandwiches."
With the business still being new, Powers is playing around with things like the menu, so the caf will be offering a different menu daily. However, Powers is trying to be conscious of vegetarians and those looking for gluten free options, so she is trying to create a little something for everyone each day. She suggests people call the restaurant at 326-3600 to find out the daily specials.
The caf has also started a "mug club" where customers can bring in a mug of their own and for $3 they can keep it at the caf where it will be stored and cleaned. Members of the mug club will get a discount on coffee when using their own mug and, after 10 purchases, they will get a free cup of coffee. Powers also plans on having a tea selection as well.
Until Aug. 31, Powers had been working at the Westfield Community Kitchen for five years, most recently as its director. Now she takes on the very different task of restaurateur.
"It was just an opportunity that came up ... and it was just perfect timing," Powers said.
However, while it might seem like the experience of running the WCK would transfer to running a restaurant, Powers has found the two jobs to be quite different. She did learn a lot at the kitchen - preparing menus and overseeing the cooking - but at her new restaurant, Powers is actually doing the cooking herself.
"Totally two different animals," she said. "You can't even compare the two."
The previous owner of Parkview Caf, Marybelle Beigh, has been a big support in helping Powers get established. In addition, Powers has had support from the Chautauqua Blind Association and the Commission for the Blind, as she is legally blind.
"I truly appreciate all that they've done," Powers said.
She also thanked everyone who has come into the caf and supported her business or given her well wishes.
"Westfield wanted something like this," Powers said. "Westfield needed something like this."
Beth's Parkview Caf, located at 3 E. Main St., Westfield, is open for breakfast and lunch and offers free Wi-fi. Its hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The phone number is 326-3600.