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New Carlisle was incorporated as a village in 1831. The building that stands at, what is now, the corner of Jefferson and Church streets was a prominent stagecoach stop in the mid-1850s. Next it was a private residence for much of the 1900s, before it housed a floral business for many years thereafter. Later Cupcake Cuties had the space for one year until early 2016.
Rob Barr worked with someone associated with the cupcake store and was told the spot was up for sale. He consistently loved his wife Andrea Barr’s cooking and asked her if she was interested in owning a restaurant. It seemed fitting to Andrea to telephone her mother, Vicki Wallingford, to look at the place before making that decision, because most of the recipes she uses were passed to her from her mother and grandmother. Wallingford arrived and approved of the prospect, so they immediately began the process of purchasing and opening Andrea’s new restaurant.
It took about a month to purchase, clean, paint, decorate and develop a particular menu of home-cooked meals to serve for breakfast and lunch. Stagecoach Cafe opened March 25, 2016.
You won’t order any fried food here, because Andrea proudly says, “Everything is homemade, just like momma’s kitchen.”
Beverages: Wallingford Coffee-$2; Hot Chocolate-$2; Pepsi products (bottles)-$2; Fruit Juice-$1.20.
Breakfast: Cinnamon Roll-$2.25; French Toast-$3; Biscuits & Gravy-$4; Breakfast Plate-$5; Hearty Breakfast Bowl-$5.50.
Kid’s Meal (w/sides & drink): Grilled Cheese, or PB&J-$4.
“Daily Specials” (w/side): Tues., Rotini Tomato Pasta; Wed., Fiesta Chicken & Rice; Thurs., Meatloaf; Fri., Chicken & Noodles; Sat., “Chef’s Choice”-$6.50.
Soups (could be): Cabbage Roll Soup; Cauliflower & Garlic Soup; Beans & Ham Soup; Loaded Potato Soup; Taco Soup-$3.50 (bowl).
Salads: “House” Salad-$4; Chef Salad-$6.
Sandwiches (w/chips & pickle): Sub (six in.)-$4.50; BLT-$5.50; Chicken, Tuna, or Egg Salad-$5.50; Fried Bologna-$5.50.
Desserts (could be): Paul Newman Cake, which is a chocolate cake with butterscotch, caramel and sweetened condensed milk; Spiced Apple Dump Cake; Snickerdoodle Blondie; Butterscotch Pie; Cherry Pie-$2.50/$3.25.
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
There’s free parking in the back of the building, and free off-street parking near the front and side entrances.
Those two entrances in the corner building have one high step to climb. A back entrance has a safety ramp; however, inquire within first because that door stays locked.
Military, law enforcement and fire personnel receive a 10 percent discount off each bill. Free Coffee Friday allows any patron a cup of coffee with a food purchase on Fridays.
There’s nothing on the menu costing more than $7.
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