A Family Atmosphere

 A Family Atmosphere

Cherry House Café is the heart and soul of BeavercreekGinny McCabe With homemade fare, friendly service and an atmosphere that feels like home Cherry House Café is the heart and soul of Beavercreek. Located at 1241 Meadow Bridge Drive, the independently owned and operated restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. There’s also a convenient drive-through for carryout orders and an expansive pastry counter that offers freshly baked desserts, pies and cookies, which are made fresh daily.

“I do think the public should make every attempt they can to support small, local businesses. We represent the heart and soul of the community,” says Bill Mangan, who owns and operates the business with his wife, Annette.

The Mangans, who live outside of Spring Valley Township, recently celebrated Cherry House Café’s 10th anniversary in September. The couple have six children and all of them have worked at the restaurant over the course of the past decade. With more than 40 years of experience in the food service industry family members take pride in everything they do. They care about the details. Bill started his career at Rike’s and the couple previously owned Peasant Stock Café with locations in Dayton and Salem Mall and the Oasis Café in Xenia.

Reflecting on years of experience and working with some of the best chefs in the Dayton area the menu at Cherry House Café offers a variety of tasty sandwiches, salads, entrees, soups and bakery items.

“One of the things that we are proud of here is we make everything from scratch. We are scratch bakers and you don’t find scratch bakers anymore because they’ve all gone out of business. We make all of our cookies from scratch, our muffins and our pies from scratch. We have cream pies like coconut cream, chocolate cream and butterscotch cream,” says Bill Mangan.

He says the No. 1 selling specialty sandwich is chicken salad, which is served on a croissant with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato. Additional varieties of chicken salad are usually available, such as the cherry apricot chicken salad.

I visited on Saturday around lunch time. Of course I had to try the chicken salad. I also ordered a side of the broccoli raisin nut salad, (which I believe is the best I’ve ever had) and a Heath cookie for dessert.

“What’s neat about chicken salad is you can mix it with almost anything, like pecans, blueberries, dried fruits and nuts, so you can always make different kinds. You can even add dried tomatoes. There are an infinite number of recipes you can use with that basic salad. That’s probably our No. 1 sandwich and No. 1 seller,” says Mangan.

“We also sell a lot of turkey, Reubens, cheesesteaks and hamburgers. Everybody puts their own spin on hamburgers and we do, too,” he says.

Hamburger selections include the classic cheeseburger to the Smokey Mountain burger, Hawaiian burger, veggie burger, Cherry House burger and several other options. Burger plates are $9.95 and come with the choice of a side and a cookie.

Specialty salads include the broccoli raisin nut salad and loaded baked potato salad. They also hand-cut the fresh fruit. Original soups include chicken pot pie and French onion, among others.

A few of the dinner entrees include country fried steak, meatloaf, perch and cheeseburger pie for $10.95, which includes a tossed salad and grilled garlic bread. Apple pie, other fruit pies and pumpkin pie are among the dessert selections as well as a tollhouse pie and cheesecake bars.

Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. daily. The breakfast menu includes breakfast sandwiches, meals, omelets and ala carte dishes. An omelet served with fresh fruit and toast is $8.95.

“We are old-school when it comes to soups, salads and scratch-baking and when you put that in a little mom-and-pop that’s kind of hidden away and has its own niche like we do you grow through word of mouth, which is what we’ve done,” Mangan says.

Cherry House Café has increased its sales every year, from 15% to 20%. Although Mangan says they’ve outgrown the space they have no plans to move or relocate. While he and his wife are involved in every aspect of the business and work long hours Mangan says that he loves owning the business and appreciates the freedom to make his own decisions. They have a staff of about 18 full and part-time team members, including a few of their own children who work at the restaurant part time.

“Our children have had the opportunity to work in the business over the years, we can hire our friends and if somebody needs help we can help them out. It’s a unique situation. It does have a lot of benefits that are very rewarding,” Mangan says.

Cherry House Café features two dining areas as well as an outside, front patio area with two tables and chairs. The décor is relaxing and comfortable, accented by cherry wallpaper. Many of the tables in the main dining area are also customized with Cherry House Café in the center. The restaurant also supports other local businesses with ads from many of them on display.

In addition to the daily specials and gift cards Cherry House Café offers box lunches, party trays and catering. The restaurant can also accommodate a party, business meeting or event in its party room, which seats up to 40 guests.

It’s no surprise there’s such a positive buzz about Cherry House Café. When you walk in, there will probably be a crowd, but it immediately feels like family. It’s definitely a place where you can talk to your neighbors and enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal.