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Susan S. Yeske: On the Food Circuit

Light options at café on River Road



An English-style breakfast pasty is filled with potatoes, bacon, cheese and onion.

Plans for opening a café at F.P. Kolbe in Point Pleasant had been in the works for a while, explained Rebecca Kolbe, who owns the business with her husband, Richard.

“We had been wanting to do it for years and we finally had the time,” she said.

They didn’t want it to be a deli; there is one nearby in town. They wanted a place where customers could stop in for coffee and a bite while walking around the store, which for decades has been a popular shopping venue for tourists and locals.

That vision became reality on June 9 when Kolbe Café opened to the public, featuring light options for breakfast or lunch plus Homestead Coffee Roasters coffee and teas, smoothies, milkshakes, water ice and baked goods from nearby bakeries.

Slices of quiche, which work for breakfast or lunch, are popular, Kolbe said, as are a variety of English-style pasties. Flavors of the savory pastry pockets change weekly and often include chicken and cheese, sausage and peppers, pork, beef, or vegetables. Small pizzas also are on the menu.

Smoothies are among the top sellers for the people who stop by. “They get to pick their own ingredients,” said Kolbe, from a list of fruits, dairy and non-dairy milks and a variety of add-ins.

For many customers, the lure of good coffee and something sweet is irresistible. An ever-changing array of cookies, cakes, brownies and other treats fills the café’s dessert case. On a recent day there were cowboy cookies, s’more bars, double chocolate cookies, lemon bars, cake cuties, buckeyes, peanut butter cups, gluten-free brownies, and billionaire bars, which are layers of chocolate, caramel and shortbread (if you eat one you are supposed to become a billionaire). And that was after a busy day when many items had been sold out.

All of the baked treats are made locally; gluten-free items come from Sweetah’s in Doylestown, while many of the others come from the Bread Box & Bakery in Perkasie. Even the coffee is from Bucks County; Homestead Roasters is in Upper Black Eddy.

“It was always our plan to feature local products,” Kolbe said.

While the idea of the café originated as a way to offer refreshments to the many visitors to the expansive gift and home décor store, it also has been popular with local residents since its opening. Free Wi-Fi, comfortable seating and good coffee paired with fresh baked goods probably has a lot to do with that.

KOLBE CAFÉ
at F.P. Kolbe Gift Store
6 River Road, Point Pleasant
(GPS Pipersville)
215-297-5666,
fpkolbe.com

Hours:
9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Cost:
pasties and quiche $5.99-$6.99, coffee and tea $1.89-$3.50, smoothies and shakes $4.99.

Customer favorites:
pasties, milkshakes, smoothies, quiche, cookies, brownies.

susan.yeske@gmail.com




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