Everyone is welcome to Atmore’s new restaurant.
Café 251 Coffee and Eatery, located on Church Street just below the American Legion Post 90, opened on June 3.
Co-owners Destiny Patterson and Alana Sigafoose began work on the restaurant in late 2019, throughout the pandemic and turning the painted panel open.
“We bought the building in late October (2019), and with the holidays approaching, no contractors are coming,” Patterson said. “After the first of the year, they were busy. Then COVID hit it so we did it on our own for the most part.
“We brought in an electrician and some friends came to help us,” she said. “We did a lot of things ourselves. “
The two said they had to hire a contractor for the electrical work, and friends helped with the plumbing.
“The majority of the work we’ve done,” Patterson said. “We laid all the tiles and we did the demo. “
Spanning two large spaces, Café 251 offers American-style comfort food and coffee. Some food items include lunch specials Monday through Friday, sandwiches, burgers, salads, pizzamich, kids menu, breakfast menu, and coffee selections.
The front of the restaurant has a seating area where everyone can come and relax, play games, drink coffee and talk. In the lounge area, a children’s area is available for the little ones.
Patterson, who has restaurant experience, said she always wanted to own a restaurant.
“I guess I convinced Alana to do it,” Patterson joked.
When asked why they decided to open a restaurant in Atmore, the two replied that it was because of their love for the city and to leave a legacy.
“She (Patterson) fell in love with this city and didn’t want to go back to South Carolina,” Sigafoose said. “My family is from here. Atmore was the pride and joy of dad (Boyd Sigafoose). She wanted a restaurant and it worked.
“With timing and everything and taking care of my mom (Judy Sigafoose), we decided not to go back to South Carolina,” she said. “What better way to commemorate Dad than to open a restaurant here. He liked to eat. He liked to frequent the restaurants here.
In fact, a memory table was set up in his honor, Sigafoose said.
The opening hours of Café 251 are 6 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday; and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month.