Central Center on Happy Valley Road in Glasgow has gained a new restaurant, and business owners in the strip are confident their stream of customers will continue to grow as a result.
Cafe Fresco, owned by Glasgow residents Janelle Lapham and her son, Garrett, opened on June 28. The cafe’s menu is comprised solely of freshly prepared food, and the restaurant is already networking with local farmers to make sure as much of their ingredients as possible are produced locally.
Garrett Lapham is the restaurant’s chef, and Janelle Lapham has 15 years’ experience owning her own painting business. They’ve been discussing the possibility of opening a restaurant for about five years, Janelle Lapham said, and they finally decided to take the leap.
“We just decided, what better opportunity,” Janelle Lapham said. “Everybody likes to eat. With the economy, food is always going to be out there.”
Glasgow didn’t have a restaurant that focused on fresh food or vegetarian and gluten-free options, Janelle Lapham said, so she and her son thought Cafe Fresco would be a hit. The restaurant bakes fresh bread, including gluten-free, and they also brine their own hams and use fresh turkey, Lapham said. In three weeks of business, Lapham said the cafe already has plenty of regular customers.
Josh Morris, admissions counselor at PJ’s College of Cosmetology on the end of the shopping center, said he thinks all his employees have already eaten at Cafe Fresco, including himself. The food is very good, he said, and he hopes the restaurant to bring more customers into the shopping center for all the businesses.
“I hope that we see an increase,” Morris said. I hope everyone in the shopping center sees an increase. Any type of traffic increase is good for everybody here.”
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