A new, made-from-scratch restaurant recently opened its doors in Sharpsburg. Cafe Dionne, located at 3500 Highway 34 E, is garnering rave reviews from local patrons as a tasty and affordable breakfast and lunch destination.
“We are a “from-scratch kitchen,” which means everything we have on our menu is made from scratch with fresh, organic ingredients,” said Harold Howard, who owns Cafe Dionne with his wife Melissa. “We don’t use any kind of boxed ingredients. We wanted to open a restaurant where we can serve all-organic food that is of elevated quality but still offered for a great price.”
The couple each boasts extensive resumes, including owning a successful catering service, as well as having served as personal chefs for big-name celebrities. Harold recently worked as a personal chef for a star on the Real Housewives of Atlanta reality show while Melissa once served as the personal chef for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
“It’s cooking with love,” says Harold. “I’m a father who’s married with three children and another one on the way. I wanted to create a restaurant that has good, healthy food at a price that a family can afford.”
Harold noted that everything in his restaurant serves a purpose. The plates and cups used at Cafe Dionne are made from disposable material derived from palm leaves.
“Our food and drinks are all organic, and we offer fresh-squeezed orange juice,” said Howard. “We really thought Sharpsburg needed a place like this, and we hope that we can serve a lot of happy customers.”
Cafe Dionne lives up to its name as being an affordable eatery. Harold says every menu item is listed at $9.95 or less.
Cafe Dionne is open Tuesday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The restaurant is currently hosting a soft opening but plans to host an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 18.
For more information, visit the Cafe Dionne Facebook page here.