New café offers locally-made products

Good for you, your wallet, and your community.

Kate’s Downtown opened on Oct. 16 at 231 Huron Ave., what was formerly Sail Away Café.

Kate’s is not only a café, but also a bakery and espresso bar with coffee and tea which is roasted and blended by Michigan vendors.

Students, seniors, and military receive a 10% discount.

Kate’s offers freshly bread coffee daily and features unique food made from locally made ingredients.

The “Wadhams ham sandwich” is made with C. Roy ham, a meat company located in Yale.

My business partner Nick, who is the mastermind behind the food, was very confident that with his food savvy and my coffee background that together we could make it successful,” said Kate Voss, 33, one of the owners of Kate’s Downtown.

The food is unique by the fact that nothing is ever frozen, which is rare in the restaurant world. We can tell you exactly where every part of the food that you’re eating came from,” said Voss.

According to Voss, everything on the menu is $8 or under.

We wanted to open a café that could help as many local people as possible. That’s why all our food is from local purveyors,” said Voss.

The café offers a bright, clean, and comfortable environment with couches and tables ideal for drinking coffee and doing homework before class.

The atmosphere is overwhelmingly friendly. It’s like going to a friend or family member’s home and hanging out,” said Ryan McInnis, 35, a faithful customer and staff member of Kate’s Downtown.

Kate’s Downtown is open Tuesday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but can be booked for events after hours.

Visit facebook.com/KatesDowntown to receive updates on upcoming events.    

Liz Whittemore

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