“Fresh is best!” is the motto at Cafe 13 where owners Carla Cahill and Jason Allen are prepared to present you the freshest food around paired with amazing beverages served up alongside an amazing environment full of local nostalgia and talent. The couple opened up the cafe last July and have brought a unique flair to the downtown Danville area. They bring a made-from-scratch fresh menu that is simple, clean, and affordable for everyone.
“We want people to crave our food.” And I’m telling you from personal experience that once you try their incredible menu, you definitely will have it on your list of cravings. Their most famous item – the crepe – is a must have. They fill it with pretty much any fresh item you can think of. My personal favorite is turkey, Swiss cheese, peppers, mushrooms, and whatever else they want to throw in…and their caramel macchiato is to die for.
Carla and Jason met in high school and were friends for 10 years before they started dating. For the last 12 years that they have been together as a couple they have dreamed of having a place that could display local art in a rustic atmosphere. “She’s the heart and soul of this place,” Jason told me.
Carla has been baking for a long time and has a lot of experience in the food world. Her passion for fresh, house-made options shines through their menu at the cafe. She originally started out studying art and her creative abilities quickly transferred to her food. “I love having the seasonal menus. Food is my media.”
Jason, on the other hand, has always been a writer. He is one of the original members of the Rebelsfare Collective group who have now put out two volumes of short stories, poems, and lyrics written by local authors. (You can check these out and purchase them on Amazon.) Other than working for a catering company for three years, the cafe has been his first experience working in a kitchen. “We really take pride in what we do, and I really think people are getting it.”
The couple is excited about how their first year is going and looks forward to the future. They hope to extend their hours, step into catering events, add live music on Saturdays, and focus on the quality of their food and their service. Just two weeks ago, they hosted a bridal shower in the upstairs mezzanine and it gave them so much excitement about the number of possibilities that the cafe can and will become.
“We are so excited to be a part of downtown Danville.” They believe in the movement to help bring Danville to a better place. Living above the cafe, they look forward to being a part of the Summer Sounds series and other events happening right outside of their business and home.
Check them out, Danville! I promise you will not be disappointed! They are located just north of the court house and have indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) seating, incredible food, baked goods, coffee, and an incredible atmosphere that includes the display of local art. Support your local businesses and be a part of the revolution of Danville!
Peace & Love,
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