The Mustard Seed opens

Freshly sliced deli sandwiches, Greek salads, iced cinnamon rolls and fresh strawberries and cream abound at the new Mustard Seed Cafe, 218 Seventh St.

Katie Radabaugh, managing partner, co-owns the cafe with Boathouse BBQ owner Steve Peters. She said a soft opening occurred on March 12 and hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The grand opening will be held on April 2.

Radabaugh said though lunch items are on the menu, like cheeseburgers, hot dogs, French dips and hot ham and cheese sandwiches, breakfast will be coming soon.

“It’ll be soon,” she said. “I can’t give an exact date.”

This will require the cafe to open earlier, at around 6 a.m., Radabaugh said. Included on the breakfast menu will be bacon, sausage and ham with eggs and cheese on either a croissant, Texas toast or biscuit. Radabaugh said one big draw would be another item entirely.

“We’ll have a Monte Cristo,” she said, which will include turkey, ham and Swiss cheese melted between two slices of French toast and topped with powdered sugar and homemade preserves.

Radabaugh said espresso is coming soon and fresh baked goods will be available all the time.

“We have cookies and brownies,” she said. “Last week I made some cream-filled cupcakes. We’ll have scones and danishes all the time, as well as muffins.”

All soups are made from scratch and deli meats are sliced fresh every day, said Radabaugh. She said compliments have been for one sandwich in particular.

“I hear our reuben is the best reuben out there,” she said, adding, “The pasta salad, for the size, seems to be the most popular (item).”

Karlee Beardsley, 19, of Marietta, said Monday she found the food at the cafe to be delicious.

“It’s really good,” she said. “This is the first time I’ve been here and I’m really impressed with how healthy it is and how great it is. There are not a lot of healthy options in town.”

Radabaugh said the business evolved after Peters wanted to expand his catering company.

“The Boathouse is just too busy,” she said. “We looked for a place we could do catering out of…We want people to see we have a large variety of food. We don’t want them to think it’s just barbecue or just sandwiches.”

The Mustard Seed currently has nine employees, but Radabaugh said once hours are expanded for breakfast and later into the evening, there will be a need for more.

Radabaugh said so far business is looking good.

“Each day it seems like we do a little more and more (business), and all feedback has been great too,” she said.