Annie Bridgeman cuts a ribbon with assistance from her catering and operations director Lisa Delampan to mark the new location of Annie’s Cafe and Catering, 138 Gilford Ave., as local business and community leaders watch ceremony. (Rick Green/Laconia Daily Sun)
By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Annie's Cafe and Catering, which operated for eight years at 585 Union Ave., has moved to a new, larger location at 138 Gilford Ave.
On Tuesday, Annie Bridgeman used giant scissors in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new home, in what used to be Georgio's Pizzaria.
“This will be much more space, more opportunity and potential to grow the business as we want,” she said. “The old location was uncomfortable from a production and customer standpoint.”
Bridgeman, 45, who has a degree in restaurant and resort management from Colorado State University, said her business has offerings ranging from traditional bakery items to soups, salads and paninis.
“We offer sandwiches, cafe breakfasts, egg dishes, fresh-baked goods, lunches and full-service catering for every meal of the week,” she said. “We have birthday cakes, specialty cakes, specialty menus, wonderful coffees and teas.”
Her motto is “creative, fresh and delicious.”
“We try to offer our guests the best of everything, high-quality food, prepared fresh, with fresh ingredients," she said.
The variety in the cafe business is one of its draws to customers.
“It is eclectic, there is a gathering or mixture of foods,” she said.
The bakery business is not for people who like to sleep in.
Bridgeman said that, on most days, she is hard at work at 4 or 5 a.m., a few hours before the restaurant opens at 8 a.m. It closes at 3:30 p.m.
Find them online at www.anniescafeandcatering.com.