ELYRIA — Cascade Cafe is hoping for a wave of customers today and Saturday to help the business survive.
A cash mob is sought to help the cafe with its financial problems. Since reopening in November, owner Kadie Parsch said, the business has run into numerous problems.
The cafe has had to pay for a broken fire alarm system, replacement of the kitchen’s exhaust vents and flooding in the basement multiple times, the last of which ruined the water heater. The final straw came last week when the refrigerator broke, spoiling all the food inside it and forcing the cafe to close Saturday and Monday.
Although Parsch is worried about the cafe’s future, she said she enjoys running the restaurant despite its problems.
“We’ve had bumps in the road, but other than that I absolutely enjoy it,” she said.
When Brandon Rutherford, former director of Invest Elyria, heard about the cafe’s troubles, he decided to stage a cash mob. With any hope, Rutherford said, the business could make enough money to stay open.
“I think a community should help their fellow residents and businesses, so we decided to (put this together),” he said.
Rutherford organized the cash mob through Elyvation, an organization he founded to help the city and residents who are having trouble. Rutherford said the event was planned just recently but hopes it will help.
Todd Roig opened Cascade Cafe five years ago, but decided to move back to Pennsylvania in 2017.
He left the eatery to his niece, Kadie Parsch, who had worked with him. Parsch said in an article a year ago that she left Cascade after three years because working with family can be difficult, but that she and Roig have since settled their differences.
Cafe regulars hope to help in any way they can to save their favorite downtown restaurant.
Phyllis Tennant, a regular since November, enjoys the eatery’s food and atmosphere.
“The food is great. The service is great. It’s just a wonderful downtown restaurant,” she said.
Aaron Rosenbaum, also a regular, said he has tried to spread the word about the cash mob because he loves the place so much.
“I really hope they succeed. I love this place; it’s a gift to the community and in the area, too,” he said.
Cascade Cafe will be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Saturday.
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