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Sawhorse announces indefinite closure

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story was written from a statement on The Sawhorse Cafe’s Facebook page. The interview with the owner was completed prior to the announcement of the indefinite closure.

The Sawhorse Cafe, a local coffee bar and brunch spot located at 303 Washington Boulevard, recently announced on Facebook that after almost eight years, the business will be indefinitely closing on Monday.

“We’ve worked here, raised our kids here, and been able to make a positive impact on our community, which feels like the most amazing accomplishment,” the statement read. “Recently…we’ve found ourselves exhausted and overwhelmed and it’s time to take our well-being a bit more seriously.”

“We will reevaluate and recharge and hopefully be able to come back to the Sawhorse in a while with new ideas, new dishes and fresh energy,” the statement read.

Despite this, their other business, Buzzsaw Coffee, will remain open at the Pajama Factory.

The Sun-Gazette sat down with owner Jesse Darrow to interview for the Taste the Town series prior to the closure announcement, which came too close to press-time.

Darrow opened the business in 2015 with his wife, Hannah Darrow and has helped provide a coffee bar and a farm-to-table menu with fresh ingredients from local farmers markets.

“Almost the entire menu changes on the first Thursday of every month,” Jesse said. “I think we do a really good job of making it local as much as we can…We’re helping support the local economy is how I like to think of that.”

“After 20 years of cooking and seven years of having The Sawhorse, we’ve gotten a lot better at knowing what will be available. It’s become easier over the years and we’ve made better relationships,” Darrow said.

Darrow added that the win-win relationship for farmers and local businesses created a “nice, symbiotic relationship’ and support system.

Darrow said he had always been a lover of coffee and then decided to go to culinary school. “I always loved it

I spent about five years cooking. And then I got a job with a company out of New York — That’s where I really became a professional. I got into being a competitive barista, and worked my way up to be the wholesale trainer there and wholesale account manager,” Darrow said.

Eventually, Darrow decided to move forward with his own business, The Sawhorse Cafe.

“We wanted to bring that to the people, as well as continuing to show or to explore my love for coffee,” Darrow said.

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