Gingerich said he wants to open the restaurant — Abe’s Cafe — on Monday, the day after Mother’s Day. Between now and then, he hopes to hire a few more employees, Gingerich said.
While the opening date is subject to change, Gingerich said he is hopeful the restaurant will be ready o time.
For the past eight years, Gingerich has been working in restaurants, gaining skills and gathering information on how to run a successful business.
When the opportunity presented itself, Gingerich moved to Belleville and remodeled the building at 4445 E. Main St., which is owned by his grandfather.
Gingerich said he plans to keep a keen eye on every detail of the business, which will be much easier for him to do because his apartment is located directly above the restaurant, lending new meaning to the term “on-site management.”
“I have some long days ahead of me to get things ready,” he said.
Gingerich said he wants to use the central Pennsylvania cuisine he was raised on as the backbone of his restaurant. Mixing traditional flavors from the area with a new twist, he said he hopes to make a name for himself in the Big Valley as a creative alternative for people looking for moderately-priced family cuisine.
He said he is especially excited about his homemade apple butter Barbecue sauce, which has “a sweeter taste then regular Barbecue.”
“It takes more time, but costs less money to do it yourself,” Gingerich said about his philosophy regarding homemade items on the menu.
Breakfast items on the menu include omelets, pancakes and steak and eggs, while the lunch menu includes burgers, hot sandwiches, wraps, fresh cut fries and homemade sauerkraut.
“The menu will probably change based on feedback from customers,” Gingerich said.
Another thing Gingerich said he wants to do is develop working relationships with local businesses and farmers and take advantage of the quality produce, meat and cheese available in the area.
The restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Abe’s Cafe will be closed on Thursdays.
Sentinel photo by KIERNAN SCHALK
Abe Gingerich is putting the finishing touches on his new restaurant — Abe’s Cafe in Belleville.
Fact BoxIF YOU GO:
What: Abe’s Cafe
Where: 4445 E. Main St., Belleville
Hours: Serving breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; closed Thursday