FARMINGTON — The Downtown Press Cafe, 112 Marceau Ct., offers a unique variety of signature breakfast and lunch options. With names like Chester and Whistle Stop, menu items are a nod to local people, landmarks, and history.

The cafe is owned and operated by Chris and Brianna Bracy of Strong. Running a business is not a new venture for the couple. They owned The Salem General in Salem Township for ten years.

“We’ve dreamed about opening a cafe for years,” said Brianna.

Lenna Bracy, 2, of Strong plays with her brother, Ryker Bracy, 6 in the play area of The Downtown Press Cafe. (Courtesy photo)

With the support of friends and family, the couple has spent several months refurbishing and decorating the space in anticipation of the cafe’s Monday, Dec. 17 opening.

The dining area is filled with tables for eating in, and cozy couches for socializing over a cup of coffee. There is even a play area, known as The Mini Press, where youngsters can use their imagination to cook and serve make-believe sandwiches using the kid-sized restaurant equipment.

The breakfast menu features waffles, and breakfast wraps and sandwiches. “One of the breakfast specialties is the Wiscuit,” said Brianna. “It is a biscuit made with a touch of waffle batter so it’s a little sweeter than a regular biscuit.”

“The sandwich comes with egg, cheese and choice of meat; and it’s finished on the panini press,” said Chris.

The lunch menu includes paninis, wraps, salads and specialty pizzas. Regular and sweet potato waffle chips are prepared in house and served as a side.

The “Chester” is a hand-pressed panini stuffed with oven-roasted white chicken breast, applewood smoked bacon, and provolone. It is served on white or multi-grain bread with homemade ranch sauce. For an extra kick, it can be made with the Bracy’s own chipotle ranch sauce.

The “Whistle Stop” features oven roasted turkey breast, applewood bacon, fresh sliced tomatoes, provolone and pesto mayo. Paninis start at $6.99

“Waffles will be available all day long,” said Brianna. “There will be a daily special dessert waffle, such as a gingerbread waffle with ice cream and a white chocolate drizzle.”

The cafe features Coffee by Design of Portland coffees. Fresh baked goods, cocoa and cold brew coffee are also available.

The cafe is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 778-5353, or connect with The Downtown Press Cafe on Facebook or Instagram.


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