May 20, 2010
By Greg Duggan
Employees who work in the many businesses off Industrial Avenue in Williston have long had limited options for breakfast and lunch.
Observer photo by Greg Duggan
Yvonne Brown stands behind the counter at Yvonne’s Café, which she opened about a month ago in White Cap Business Park.
Enter Yvonne Brown, who opened Yvonne’s Café about a month ago. While Brown admits the café, located in the back of White Cap Business Park and hidden from the road, is off the beaten path, she said, “I’m just trying to get a little niche in here.”
The owner of Nadeau’s Playschool and former owner of Belle’s Café, which she sold in March 2009, Brown decided to open in White Cap after plans for another café in the space fell through.
Serving primarily breakfast items, sandwiches and soups, Yvonne’s Café has begun to build a steady customer base out of the businesses in the Industrial Avenue area. Brown said she has already learned the names of several customers.
“It was really nice when the restaurant opened up, because before that there was not much in this neck of the woods to get a bite to eat unless you wanted to drive up to South Burlington,” said William Graham, who works in White Cap Business Park.
Though he often brings his own lunch to work, Graham said he now buys sandwiches from Yvonne’s a couple times a week and occasionally grabs a cinnamon roll for breakfast. Graham has gravitated toward Yvonne’s NY Reuben sandwich.
“It’s hard to find good a Reuben sandwich, but theirs … for the two or three times I’ve had it, has been really good,” he said.
Another regular customer, Matt Parda, said he finds himself ordering paninis. He also raved about the soups and chocolate chip cookies. Parda works on nearby Avenue D at Kittredge Equipment Co., which sold kitchen items to Yvonne’s Café.
“It’s just a great new lunch option in town,” Parda said. “There’s a lot of businesses on Industrial Ave., and it’s nice not to have to drive too far to get there. It’s like a little hidden gem.”
The menu at Yvonne’s features a variety of breads, meats, cheese and dressings, and customers can create their own sandwich or choose from a list of specialty sandwiches. Salad choices also exist, as do numerous snack items and baked goods.
In addition to the regular menu items, Yvonne’s offers daily specials. On Friday, for instance, the café served leek and potato soup and chili; the sandwich special was ham, salami, lettuce, tomato, provolone and Italian dressing on a sub.
A few tables and chairs sit on a patio outside the entrance to Yvonne’s. Inside, the café can seat 32 at seven tables; customers can also take their meals to tables located at one of two atriums inside the building.
Not that customers need to visit Yvonne’s to eat. Brown offers a catering service, and will deliver lunch to office buildings.
“The product is really good,” Brown said. “It’s just getting (people) to know we’re here.”
Yvonne’s Café is located at 426 Industrial Ave. #155 in White Cap Business Park. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 497-0336.