BLUE HILL — You’ve got to appreciate a café that serves coffee with beans the owners have roasted themselves.
Sandy and Bill Fletcher, owners of Sandy’s Café in Blue Hill, were inspired to open their homey dining establishment by their shared love of coffee.
“Our original idea was to be a small mom-and-pop coffee shop and it’s blossomed,” Sandy Fletcher related last week.
Sandy’s Café is located at 40 Main St. in a George Washington-era historic building. Overlooking Blue Hill Bay, the café is open for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) and serves dinner from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Customers can order cups of coffee or espresso drinks made to order. They also can buy bags of freshly roasted whole coffee beans.
“Our claim to fame is freshly roasted,” Bill Fletcher said. The couple like to get coffee beans in customers’ hands as quickly as possible.
“We buy through an international coffee trader,” Bill said. “I like Sumatra beans from Indonesia. Recently I’ve been leaning toward Ethiopian, which is a light roast.”
For 18 years, the Fletchers operated a home medical equipment business in Connecticut before deciding it was time for a change. They had spent summers in Brooksville before making it their permanent home several years ago.
The couple knew how to run a business, but they turned to Phil LeBreton for his culinary knowledge and expertise running a restaurant. LeBreton previously had been the chef at DeepWater Brewing Co. in Blue Hill. The executive sous chef is Katherine Yurchick.
“It’s been a great marriage of skill sets,” Bill said. “The menu is totally him.”
The café’s lunch and dinner menu ranges widely from fresh haddock fish and chips to Dr. Pepper baby back ribs with French fries. The breakfast menu’s offerings also very from blueberry-stuffed French toast to Cheddar biscuit sandwiches.
LeBreton is making fish curry, a customer favorite when he was at DeepWater. “I’ve been offered $2,000 for my fish curry recipe,” he said.
Another popular menu item is an espresso-dusted beef filet with a red wine reduction, the chef said.
But, the menu features something for everyone, fish and chips, a grilled yellow fin tuna salad, burgers, steak and salad as well as breakfast and baked goods.
In addition to coffee drinks, the café serves beer and wine on tap. The wine is coming from a keg. Pouring a glass of wine from a keg eliminates concerns about wine sitting too long or being stored at an incorrect temperature, according to Wine Enthusiast magazine.
In addition to LeBreton’s cooking, Sandy also lends a hand. She tries to keep a freezer full of prepared, frozen meals for customers to pick up and take home.
Chicken pot pies and onion pies have been flying off the shelves. “I just cooked a whole caseful of apple crisp to put out tomorrow.”
Frozen mac ‘n’ cheese is in the works too.
I love to cook,” she said.
The café also uses reusable containers. So customers leave a refundable deposit on the dishes and then bring them back when they’re done.
At the café itself, customers can expect “a very warm atmosphere, friendly service, wonderful food, good coffee and good company,” Sandy said.
The café hosts a happy hour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are taken for parties over five.
For more info, call 374-5550 and visit www.sandysbluehillcafe.com.