December 20, 2014

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Elyrians return home, name new coffee shop after Cascade Park

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ELYRIA – Proudly calling Elyria home again is Todd and Anita Roig, owners of Cascade Café.

For Todd Roig, he is returning home to a place he left nearly 35 years ago.

“I am originally from Elyria. I was born and raised here, I went to Midview. I left here in 1978, the snowstorm blew me to Florida for quite a few years,” Todd Roig said. “About eight years ago I met my wife in Pennsylvania. She’s a good baker, good cook. I had a coffee shop restaurant in Florida.”

He said naming the restaurant was an easy, nostalgic decision.

“Cascade Park—as a kid, that’s where I hung out,” he said.

Anita Roig agreed.

“I love Cascade Park, it is just such a gem right in the middle of the city,” she said.

Opening Sept. 7, Cascade Café offers breakfast and lunch. Breakfast includes a variety of traditional favorites—such as, pancakes, French toast, omelets and breakfast sandwiches. It also feature flavored coffees, lattés and cappuccinos.

Topping the lunch menu are chicken salad sandwiches, ham and Swiss, tuna fish, and a variety of soups and salads. Dessert offerings include muffins, cookies, brownies and pies.

“What makes us different, I think, is that all of our food is homemade; our soup is homemade. Our omelets are three egg omelets — they’re huge omelets. And we do fresh baked goods, I get here at 3:30 in the morning so they are fresh when they (customers) come in,” Todd Roig said.

The restaurant is in the storefront formerly occupied by Pasquale’s Pasta House.

“We saw downtown trying to make a comeback; we have been wanting to try a coffee shop like this. We thought Elyria would be a good place. So far, they have really supported us,” Todd Roig said. “We purchased it and turned it into this. I think we worked on it for six weeks.”

The restaurant is distinctly decorated with nostalgic photographs of Elyria.

“I’m from Boston; it’s always interesting to me to learn the history of the area. In Boston we’re big patriots; we’re big on history there,” Anita Roig said.

Opened from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Todd said you can find daily specials on Facebook. Cascade Café plans to start delivering to businesses in the area.

“We want to cater to the downtown businesses. Sometimes they don’t have time to get out of the shop,” Todd Roig said.

The couple said the most rewarding part of opening a new business has been meeting all the nice people of Elyria.

“We’ve only been in business for three weeks and we have so many regulars. That’s pretty amazing,” Todd Roig said.

Contact Rob Swindell at 329-7155 or ctnews@chroniclet.com.