Ernie Cafe serves up exotic drinks
When Pat Olarikdeach’s kids wanted to sell lemonade in the summertime, it gave her an idea. That idea became Ernie Cafe, located at 11 W. Fourth St, just two doors down from her husband Ken Theerasuk’s family business, Joy Thai Cuisine.
The cafe opened in November 2019 and their signature drink is authentic bubble tea, a milk-based beverage made with flavored powder and chewy “pearls” made of tapioca. Olarikdeach says the two most popular flavors are strawberry and matcha, or green tea.
Olarikdeach and Theerasuk relocated to Williamsport from the suburbs of Philadelphia in 2017 when Theerasuk took over the family business. Olarikdeach says bubble tea shops are everywhere in Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood and she hopes to bring a new taste to the Williamsport area that is different from what is offered in a traditional coffee shop.
In addition to bubble tea, which can also be made with a tea base instead of milk, Olarikdeach offers Vietnamese and Thai coffee as well as made-to-order loose leaf herbal teas like chrysanthemum and ginger. They also have some sweet treats available and may expand their food options if they have enough interest in the warmer months.
Olarikdeach says she enjoys talking to the people who come and check out the cafe, and she hopes to become the kind of place people like to hang out in during the spring and summer.
She notes that a lot of people in the area are not familiar with bubble tea and she encourages people to come check it out.
Olarikdeach says even if some people already know what bubble tea is, she would like them to try their bubble tea. If you stop this summer, there might just be some lemonade too.
For more information or to contact Ernie Cafe, visit their Facebook page.