“The concept at Café 33 is family. It’s all about having a great breakfast and lunch facility that you can come and enjoy,” said owner Shane Clements.
The 33 in Café 33 represents 1933, the year “Mom” was born.
Mom, who is actually Clements’ grandmother, died unexpectedly. His grandparents had three daughters including his mother.
“I grew up in my grandparent’s house with all the daughters calling my grandmother ‘mom.’ Even though she’s my grandmother, I call her ‘mom’ and I call my mother by her first name, Diane,” he said.
“A lot of the way we produce things and the recipes are from Mom’s recipe books,” the 1993 Sprayberry High School graduate said. Clements resides in Woodstock and is married to Kristen Carter Clements, a 1997 Sprayberry High graduate.
“When Mom unexpectedly passed, I took and photocopied everything she had hand written on and put it into the recipe program I use when I write our normal recipes,” he said.
At Café 33, guests enjoy childhood favorites from the Clements family. Chef Craig Benable brings these recipes to life.
“From biscuits to the way we do our skillet potatoes, to the way we double cook our French fries, our doughnuts, the brownies, the cookies are from Mom,” he said.
The eatery maintains a friendly family feel.
“We ask for guests’ first name because we will get to know you by your first name. We treat you as an extension of my family,” Clements said.
The No. 1 reason to visit Café 33 is taste.
“There are no heat lamps in kitchen. When your food is ready, it all comes out. It is what it is. It’s truly fresh,” said Clements, who buys local as much as possible. “Everything we do is fresh, made to order.”
Though the Clements family is proud to be a mom-and-pop restaurant, Café 33 cannot be stereotyped.
“We have such an eclectic blend of food. We have gluten free and vegetarian options. We have a large collection of vegetarians, vegans, celiac or gluten free and everyone else who wants a good fresh, quality product,” he said.
There is something for everyone at the café. Omelettes are their best-selling menu item. Sandwiches that are interesting enough to be called gourmet also fill the menu. The South of the Border Press and Traditional Club sandwiches are also popular.
The restaurant is family friendly but also provides full seating upstairs Monday through Friday for patrons who need a quiet place to work.
“I tried to create a place for everybody,” said Clements, who has been in the food industry for 22 years.
“We separate ourselves by our customer service and the quality of food we give. Give us a shot. Try it out. You’ll have a unique experience whatever you order,” Clements said.
Café 33 is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The kitchen closes at 4 p.m. each day.
Café 33 is at 2595 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 1, Marietta.
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