Really feel Good Meals Cease in Newtown Hopes to Supply Welcoming and Nourishing Place to Eat | Cincinnati
This story is featured in CityBeat’s Nov. 15 print version.
A brand new restaurant, Really feel Good Meals Cease, opened in Newtown within the spring of this yr, providing nourishing breakfast and lunch dishes alongside some acquainted favourite sweets from Fork and Pie Bakery. Melissa and Eric Chan teamed up with Fork and Pie Bakery proprietor Stevie Rufener to open this new, recent idea within the bakery’s former retail location. “It was created out of a partnership of the prevailing bakery,” explains proprietor Melissa of how Really feel Good Meals Cease got here to be.
Working within the meals trade is acquainted to Melissa, who says she began when she was 12 years previous. Having grown up in Milford, she attended the Ohio State College and graduated with a level in hospitality administration. She stayed in Columbus for 12 years after graduating till a household emergency introduced her again to Cincinnati, the place she met her husband. In December of 2022, the chance to kind a partnership with Fork and Pie Bakery and open a brand new restaurant idea happened, and he or she jumped on it, with Really feel Good Meals Cease opening on April 3, 2023.
From the get-go, Melissa needed to make sure the placement supplied healthful meals choices and a comfy, optimistic and alluring environment. To Melissa, feeling good is an expertise she strives to offer via her bodily location and meals. “It is in regards to the meals, for certain, however it’s additionally the vibe, the power,” she mentioned. If you stroll in, an indication says “Come as You Are,” whether or not that be human or canine. “We’re dog-friendly,” mentioned Melissa. “Why? As a result of canine make you are feeling good.”
At Really feel Good Meals Cease, you will discover a wide range of breads, baked items and pastries, all supplied by Fork and Pie Bakery, together with quiches, tarts and gluten-free breads. Melissa defined that Rufener’s son has a gluten intolerance, so she’s grow to be expert and well-known for baking up scrumptious breads and sweets most individuals would not even guess are gluten-free. “Now we have actually come into being a supplier of gluten-free gadgets, and I am actually selling that,” mentioned Melissa.
The restaurant additionally presents a full breakfast and lunch menu curated by Melissa, with the whole lot from breakfast quesadillas and avocado toast to açaí bowls and hen and biscuits. “Via the meals, we wish to nourish the thoughts, physique and spirit,” explains Melissa.
Melissa strives to make use of natural and seasonal components, working carefully with native farmers. Moreover, she grows a wide range of herbs, together with rosemary, lemongrass and basil, in addition to peppers and tomatoes in her on-site backyard. These homegrown components are utilized in her recipes, together with the housemade pesto and salsa. In the course of the spring and summer season, she sourced a lot of the berries from her greatest good friend’s farm exterior of Columbus, Little Thyme Farms, which additionally supplies lettuce, onions and garlic for the restaurant.
Whereas the menu will preserve some core dishes, Melissa plans to regulate some choices, like salads, baked items and wraps, to function extra seasonal produce and items. “We’re simply type of going with the seasons,” she mentioned.
Operating the restaurant is a household affair, Melissa explains. “My youngsters assist; they had been selecting tomatoes and herbs yesterday,” she mentioned. “My husband does the landscaping, and my dad walks round to native companies.” Since it is a small, family-run enterprise, many gadgets on the menu are first come, first serve, typically with cinnamon rolls flying off the cabinets. “For a enterprise proprietor, to see the frustration on somebody’s face after we’re out of cinnamon rolls — it is onerous,” says Melissa, who tries her hardest to refill however typically runs out of this candy favourite on account of such excessive demand.
Since opening within the spring, Melissa has loved assembly the purchasers, lots of whom have already grow to be regulars. She mentioned it has been a optimistic expertise to accomplice with Fork and Pie Bakery and supply the neighborhood with a enjoyable and optimistic place to dine. “It has been pleasant for the neighborhood and group,” she mentioned. “They did not have something that was your typical breakfast in that capability, and we have been capable of provide it. It is simply been this wave that we’re using proper now.”
The placement has indoor and out of doors seating to eat on the restaurant and in addition presents carryout service. To maintain with Melissa’s mission of making a optimistic expertise, she made certain there have been puzzles and video games obtainable to assist preserve youngsters occupied whereas their dad and mom ordered.
With advance discover, in addition they provide catering choices, together with breakfast charcuterie boards that may be made with pancakes, waffles or french toast and all of the fixings. Melissa says they will additionally embody housemade deviled eggs and breakfast meats.
“Cease in, eat properly, really feel good” is the restaurant’s tagline that Melissa tries to remain true to in the whole lot they do. “Distinctive service is among the issues I speak to the workers about,” she mentioned. “It is the little issues, however it’s all these little issues added collectively that create the atmosphere and expertise.”
Really feel Good Meals Cease, 6836 Major St., Newtown. Data: feelgoodfoodstop.com.
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