3.29.2010

Country Corner Cafe to see changes

The longtime proprietor of a pair of cozy downtown breakfast nooks says she has put up one business for sale and plans to revamp operations at the other.

Roseann Hotaling, who opened the Country Corner Café at 25 Church St. nearly 20 years ago, said the plan is to sell its sister business, the Country Corner Café located at 165 High Rock Ave.

Hotaling opened the more spacious High Rock café five years ago as a way to take an already established business to another level and develop a brand, she said. In 2007, Hotaling expanded the Church Street restaurant when space unexpectedly opened up in the building. Today she manages the two businesses and a 22-member staff.

Now, she has noticed people eating out less frequently and, although she sees the corridor on the avenue as a growing extension of downtown — with the Hampton Inn & Suites and its adjoining condominium development leading the way — she says it’s time for her to make a change.

“I’m looking to streamline our business, to bring it back to a more intimate setting,” she said. “I feel that I can manage the business better if I can give Church Street the attention I’d like to give it.”

Hotaling’s son, Eric, 23, is joining her in developing a new business plan for the Church Street café that will expand its offerings. A dinner menu and an outside patio are two possibilities in the future, she said.

For more information, call 583-7889 (Church Street) or 584-8300 (High Rock Avenue).

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