Cafe Opens in North Augusta
A new restaurant called Dandelion’s Cafe and Catering has opened in North Augusta. The restaurant concept comes from a woman who has spent years in the Augusta food business.
Deborah Rodriguez, who helped found The Fox’s Lair, Joe’s Underground and opened Yo Pizza 20 years ago (the restaurant closed in 2016), opened the new venture on Feb. 7.
Rodriguez said that as someone who also works as a home health nurse, a simple, part-time venture like Dandelion’s Cafe is exactly what she wanted after a long career in food service.
“After years of doing this, I’m finally at the point of being where I want to be,” Rodriguez said.
In addition to serving pizza that fans of Yo Pizza have missed the last couple years, Dandelion’s Cafe serves items such as soups, salads, sandwiches and macaroni and cheese. Rodriguez said one of the restaurant’s most popular items so far has been the Philly Poutine–fries smothered in onions, peppers, mushrooms, gravy and cheese.
“A lot of people who have been coming in said it’s nice to have something different,” Rodriguez said. “When you come over the bridge to North Augusta, it’s kind of limited when it comes to restaurants.”
Dandelion Cafe is located at 220 Georgia Avenue, next to the Shell station. It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.