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Fletcher to open Cafe 230 L.C.

Jennifer Keel of Two Chicks Stripping paints the wall Tuesday of what will soon become Cafe 230 L.C. Just that morning, B.J. Fletcher, owner of an Albany restaurant by the same name, signed a contract for the establishment. It is expected to open in the next month in the Winn Dixie shopping center on U.S. 19 South in Lee County.

Jennifer Keel of Two Chicks Stripping paints the wall Tuesday of what will soon become Cafe 230 L.C. Just that morning, B.J. Fletcher, owner of an Albany restaurant by the same name, signed a contract for the establishment. It is expected to open in the next month in the Winn Dixie shopping center on U.S. 19 South in Lee County.

LEESBURG -- Taking in the success of her venture in downtown Albany, entrepreneur B.J. Fletcher has decided to expand her reach into Lee County.

Fletcher signed a contract Tuesday to open Cafe 230 L.C. in the Winn-Dixie shopping center on U.S. Highway 19 South in the spot that used to occupy Strollins Burgers and BBQ next to Rice Bowl Buffet.

It is the same shopping plaza in which Riverfront 2 Bar-B-Q and Catfish is set to open in the coming weeks.

"Lee County is our neighbor," Fletcher said of the motivation to close the deal. "We have to take care of them.

"I thought about, and prayed about it. I feel real good about this."

The deal was closed with the help of Mary Carter from Murray Webb and Associates, and has come together over the course of a just a few days.

Fletcher, who is coming up on the two-year anniversary of opening the Cafe 230 in Albany, is investing roughly $40,000-$50,000 in the new facility -- which will seat 80-100 people.

The Lee County location, which is expected to be open in the next month, will be in operation seven days a week from 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Equipment has been ordered for the establishment, including a pizza maker.

The restaurant will be similar to the Albany location in terms of cuisine, including the Sunday buffet, but with some higher-end items unique to a dinner menu.

"I'd like to showcase things, but you can't at lunch," Fletcher said.

The night menu is expected to include items such as fresh crabcakes and salmon. Lunch will be served through 3:30 p.m., and dinner will run from 4 p.m. through closing. There is a separate room that will be used for To-Go Express, and the kitchen is set up so that customers will be able to see from the outside.

"My background is at Waffle House, and you are never outshined by cooking in front of people," Fletcher said.

Fletcher added that she is now in contact with health inspectors as well as building inspectors, and is currently reaching out to Albany Technical College to bring in interns to the facility so that they can get some firsthand experience in a restaurant setting.

"I want to let them see what they (restaurant workers) are going through," she said. "We would love to teach some people."

Fletcher also said she would be pushing catering services at the restaurant, and would be reaching out to Strive 2 Thrive as well as ex-offenders for possible employees.

"I've had ex-offenders working with me for 10 years, and they are tremendous people," she said. "They just need a break."

The establishment will soon be hiring for 30 new positions. None of the employees will be pulled from the original Cafe 230 location.

Just before the opening of the new location, Fletcher said she is planning to conduct a two-year anniversary event in downtown Albany in which she will showcase food from the restaurant.

The date of that event has yet to be determined.

Meanwhile, another one of Fletcher's businesses, Ole Times Country Buffet on Dawson Road -- also known as BJ's Country Buffet -- has been closing at 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays to do electrical and insulation repair work that could not otherwise be done during the day.

The repairs are expected to be completed in the next couple of weeks. Business continues to be good at the Dawson Road establishment, Fletcher said.

Comments

Amazed2 2 years, 7 months ago

Guess I am puzzled if BJ can go to Lee County and totally renovate for $40,000 to $50,000 and open up a much much nicer facilty than Aunt Fannies in Albany for that amount then why did Pastor Drake from the Cutliff Grove Churh need to borrow $100,000 from the City of Albany to aquire Aunt Fannies?????

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Justice4Moma 2 years, 7 months ago

Because BJ did not have enough Good ole boy System pulling for her.And we all know where the Cutliff Grove got there money and power.And BJ,like the Good Person she is,likes to do things the honest way. And by the way,the money for Cutliff was bowwred from the City of Albany,which is every tax payer.And that is how the City wants it payed back.By the Taxpayer. BJ does what she does with her work know how,and good honest people standing with her.

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rock 2 years, 7 months ago

Jennifer Keel Looks really good on the ladder!!!!!!!

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LuLu 2 years, 7 months ago

You may think she's pretty on the outside, but it's what's inside that counts.

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rock 2 years, 7 months ago

Then I guess you really can'tcomment on her! I know of JFK, but I cannot say if was a good person or not. Gossip is rarely true...

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LuLu 2 years, 7 months ago

Not gossip. I know plenty. But whatever. No skin off my back.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 7 months ago

BJ you and Sarah are an inspiration to me. Congrats to you and Sarah for opening up another location. I wish the best for the both of you in this new venture. I know it was a big step but you two made a good choice. Glad to see crab cakes on the menu. I'll come by and have some when the new location is open.

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boyoboy 2 years, 7 months ago

BJ is hard at work and on the go. She would have made a great mayor. By the way I have not heard a word from the new "mayor". *

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albanyherald1 2 years, 7 months ago

I'm so excited to hear this! I love Cafe 230 and work downtown. I have always wanted a restaurant like this in Lee Co. And Riverfront to top it off (although I REALLY miss Beef O'Brady's) is going to be awesome. Hopefully Riverfront will have more success in this location than over on Lake Chehaw.

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Cartman 2 years, 7 months ago

See LaJuanna. You CAN open a restaurant without using taxpayer funds.

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