Andrea Gusac always dreamed of owning a cafe because breakfast and lunch are her favorite meals. So he opened a kosher cafe, after which he was engaged in the catering business for 35 years.
It’s called Sadie’s Sunrise Cafe, and it’s a clean, 2,000-square-foot restaurant located at 196 Berlin Turnpike. Berlin is open Wednesday through Monday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
“When the space opened up, I jumped on it,” Gusaku said. “I love creating and making people happy through food. I love bringing a smile to their face when they take that first bite.”
The cafe is named after her beloved blue Great Dane, Sadie, who she inherited from her friend Jay Dollinger, who passed away last year.
An illustration of Sadie jumping out of a coffee cup with sunlight surrounding her. The cafe’s motto is “neighborhood cafe, eatery, and all-around hangout!”
Sadie’s has been open for just seven weeks and has already gained a following.
Customer reviews say the food is delicious, the staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is warm and friendly.
One online reviewer wrote: Breakfast was perfect. ”
Another review said, “I ordered the avocado toast, breakfast burrito, and a side of hash and it was delicious. Takeout was also very quick! Will definitely be back.”
Many reviewers appreciate that vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are all available.
Gussac and his staff plan to create “concoctions” based on customer requests.
Gusak said she named the cafe after Sadie in honor of Dollinger, with whom she really “hit it off” as friends when they met five years ago.
“It was one of those special relationships,” Gusak said.
Eight-year-old Sadie doesn’t usually come to work with Gusak, but the 130-pound, 3-foot-tall dog was there recently for a grand opening ceremony.
“She’s a loving person,” Gusak said of Sadie. “She’s very sweet. People are scared, but she thinks of herself as a pet dog.”
Gusak worked with his mother in the kosher catering business for years until her mother retired in 2018.
She then moved to Crown Market, where she served as head chef until the market changed hands, and then as general manager.
So far, Gusak describes his new venture as “amazing.” He says that he and the staff are like “family” and work together to create specials.
Goussac includes gingerbread blondies, cinnamon rolls with vanilla cream cheese icing, rainbow M&M cookies, snickerdoodles, blueberry and raspberry scones, banana coffeecake topped with streusel, and a white-coated vanilla cake holiday cake. Bake sweets such as pops. Bits of chocolate and peppermint.
The cafe uses fresh, simple, seasonal ingredients to create “delicious” food, she said.
In addition to our core menu, we are constantly adding special menus to match market trends.
“We didn’t want people to get bored with our basic menu,” she said of the specials.
The menu offers several egg combos, including scrambled eggs, including Mediterranean, Reuben, and vegetable dishes.
There are also plenty of toasts such as honey and pistachio ricotta toast and smoked salmon.
Sandwiches include grilled portobello mushrooms, spicy capicola and provolone cheese, pickled salmon and onions, pickled cucumbers, and Cuban and Philadelphia cheesesteaks. There are also soups and salads.
“Food is love,” she said.
Hanging from the cafe’s ceiling are seven family metal sculptures that her mother commissioned several years ago.
“My family is hanging over my head every day,” Gusak said.
There will also be rotating artist exhibits on the walls.
Mr Gusak, who lives in Glastonbury, said Berlin was a really “good experience” and the community was “warm and welcoming”.