A cup of Joe...
and a slice of history
Old newspaper office, movie theater now home of Comer cafe´
BY ZACH MITCHAM
Linda Eizenstat remembers long-time Comer newspaperman Jere Ayers with affection.
“I met Mr. Jere about three times,” said Eizenstat. “Every time, I was lost. He knew where everything was around here and he helped me find my way.”
Eizenstat’s Cup of Karma Café now serves Madison County in the Comer office, where Mr. Jere spent countless hours preparing The Comer News and Danielsville Monitor.
Eizenstat, a former UGA molecular biologist, said that she was a stay at home mom for a while, but eventually decided to open a coffee shop and restaurant. She looked at buildings in the area and fell in love with the old newspaper office.
“I had looked at buildings in Bowman and Colbert, but when I saw this (the old newspaper office), there was a feeling about it,” said Eizenstat. “I just love this building. And this may sound strange, but I think Mr. Jere left a really good spirit here, a community spirit and I wanted a place that the community could come gather. This is where Mr. Jere wrote about the community. And it just seemed right to be here.”
Of course, the building looks nothing like the old newspaper office. Eizenhart and her husband, Joel, spent months preparing the building, removing the dropped ceiling to expose the beautiful tin overhead. Wood from the old loft area now serves as the café’s wainscoting.
Prior to its use as a newspaper office, the old building served as a movie theater where county residents could watch the Hollywood stars for just a few nickels. Eizenstat points out a recessed area that once served as part of the projection room and notes that lines on the walls of the café are evidence of the balcony area.
“People come in all the time with stories about what used to be here,” said Eizenhart.
Eizenstat, who opened the café in February, said she feels the café has been embraced warmly.
“We’re getting a lot more farmers, a lot of men in here who normally might look at this and say it looks like froo-froo place, but I think a few tried it and must have said something and now I get a lot of local farmers and cattle people here, and they’re great,” she said.
ABOUT THE CAFÉ
Cup of Karma Café, which is closed no Wednesdays, serves breakfast on weekdays from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 to 2 p.m. A full service brunch is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and a Sunday “Down-Home Cookin’” is offered on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Breakfast items include muffins, bagels, rolls, eggs, biscuits, bacon, sausage, waffles, fruit, quiche, red potatoes.
Lunch menu items, which run in the $4 to $6.50 range, include various salads, soup, cold sandwiches (served till 6 p.m.), grilled panini sandwiches, pastas and fruit.
The Saturday brunch menu, which runs between $4.50 and $7.95, includes salads, eggs benedict, stuffed French toast, quiche, waffles, eggs, crab cakes, veggie plates, fruit cups and black bean cakes.
The “Down Home Cookin’” Sunday menu includes menu includes meatloaf, oven-fried chicken or a center-cut pork chop with two vegetables of the day, a corn muffin or biscuit and a drink for $8.99. Smaller kids portions are available for $4.99.
Of course, the coffee café also has a variety of hot drinks available, such as lattes, hot chocolate, espresso and just plain old Joe.
Cup of Karma employs 12 people. It is located at 1976 Main Street, Comer, and can be reached by phone at 706-783-3000.