By Dylan McCament, KnoxPages.com Reporter
MOUNT VERNON - Rachel Miller and Sara Eash said they had a kind of vision for a cafe when they visited the building at 108 North Main Street one day in the winter of 2016.
Now that vision has realized in the form of the newly-renovated North Main Cafe, which, according to Miller, is set to open August 8 at 108 N. Main St., just across the street from the Y.M.C.A. of Mount Vernon. She said the cafe will seat about 50 people and will be open for breakfast and lunch.
The two friends and co-owners, both Mount Vernon residents, first visited the building on a "cold January evening," according to Eash.
"We opened up the back door and had to crawl over wood. It was so cold. I looked at Rachel and told her she was crazy," she said. "We came back the next day and it was like 'wow!' This is awesome."
Miller said they bought the building in February 2016 and work began in the fall of that year.
"I've been more interested in the coffee part. Sara's always been more interested in the food," Miller said. "We've dreamed about it. Talked about it. So we decided to join together and see where it takes us."
Miller said that, in addition to a variety of coffees, beverages and snacks, the cafe will offer breakfast items such as cinnamon swirl pancakes, baked oatmeal and a unique breakfast bowl with hashbrowns, eggs, sausage and a homemade cream. The lunch menu will include specially seasoned hamburgers made with fresh beef, paninis, sandwiches and a variety of salads made with homemade dressings. She added that the cafe will start out with 10 employees.
Rachel Miller, left, and Sara Eash are the co-owners of North Main Cafe at 108 North Main Street in Mount Vernon - KP Photo by Dylan McCament
Eash, who grew up Amish and is Mennonite, said the menu will reflect the kind of food that she and her family grew up eating.
Customers will be able to park in a new lot in front of the cafe. In May 2016, an historic building at 100 North Main St. was demolished. Miller said the parking lot is located where that building once stood. She said that the cafe itself is housed in a building that dates back to the early 1900s.
Both Miller and Eash said that family members have been very helpful in getting the business off the ground. Eash said her husband and Miller's husband have very been supportive of the venture.
Miller said that her father, Randy Wert, spent countless hours serving as a general contractor and helping to develop a general floor plan for the cafe. She added that family members will be helping with the day-to-day operations of the cafe.
Miller and Eash are first-time business owners. They both said they are excited and a little nervous about the opening.
Eash said that God brought things together for them "at the right time" and added that they hope to provide a pleasant atmosphere, a place where customers can come and enjoy a cup of coffee or breakfast or lunch.
Miller said she is curious to see how the original idea that she had for the cafe compares to the business after it has opened and is up and running.
There will be a soft opening on Friday by invitation only, according to Eash.
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