Original Article: http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2015/01/new_cafe_hopes_to_give_quinton_an_early_morning_st.html
Author: Alex Young
Travelers on Route 49 have a new place to grab a bite to eat in the morning after the Early Morning Start Cafe opened earlier this week.
Luke and Bethanne Patrick opened the E.M.S. cafe next door to White Horse Treasures on Tuesday and are celebrating their new undertaking with a grand opening Saturday.
Luke Patrick said they had a busy, but exciting start.
“Yesterday was a mad house,” he said while sitting at one of his restaurant’s tables Wednesday. “Everyone was coming in to see the new restaurant, and today was just as busy. I think we were just a little better prepared.”
This is the husband-and-wife duo’s first time running a restaurant, but they do have experience in the food industry. Their food trailer, Pattyscake Concessions, has been all over the area serving food at community events.
In the last four years, they’ve been everywhere from Septemberfests in Pennsville, to county fairs in Cape May and Ocean counties, and even events in Dover and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Bethanne said they had plenty of help from their friends and family, but they were ready for something more stable and a little cooler.
She said they still plan on operating the trailer during the summer, but they will most likely be doing fewer events than before.
For now they are excited to get their restaurant going.
The idea originally came from Bethanne.
“When I first met him, I said, ‘It would be cool to win the lottery and open a restaurant and then just sit back and watch,'” she said. “Now, he comes to me and said ‘lets do this.'”
Luke said he likes to make a decision and jump in. After doing his research and finding the right location, they got started on getting the restaurant ready about two months ago.
Just a few days into operation, Luke said customers already have been picking out some of their favorite things on the menu. Fried pickles, a carry-over from their food trailer, has been a hit, as well as the cheeseburgers.
There is one thing their food trailer is famous for that the Patricks won’t be selling at their new restaurant, blooming onions. Luke said they make it difficult to maintain the fryers.
If someone comes in asking for one, Bethanne has an answer ready for them.
“We tell them to be excited for summer when the food trailer comes back,” she said. “We want to give them something to look forward to.”
The new cafe is right across Route 49 from Niblock’s Pork Store, giving the Patricks an opportunity to serve some of the freshest food around. It was a partnership they couldn’t pass up.
“We thought it would be perfect,” Luke Patrick said. “They’re making the product right there. Why would I have it brought in from farther away?”
Bethanne Patrick said the proximity between the businesses offers other chances to boost sales going both ways.
“If someone goes into their store and asks what their scrapple tastes like, they can say ‘why don’t you go over to the E.M.S. Cafe and try it,'” she said. “Or if someone in here asked where we get our scrapple from we can tell them they sell it right across the street.”
Luke Patrick said they were happy to be part of the township’s business community.
“This is exactly what the area needed,” he said. “The community came out and really showed us they wanted us to be here.”
Mayor Raymond Owens said small businesses like the E.M.S. are what the township tries to focus on.
“The majority of our businesses are that kind of small, mom-and-pop place,” he said. “We try to cater to local business … We welcome companies like that, and we’re glad to have small businesses that want to stay in town.”