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Locally sourced classics at Cozy Kitchen

Photo by Michele Newbanks Casandra Clark, owner of The Cozy Kitchen, serves up broccoli and cheddar quiche and country chicken salad on a croissant Tuesday at her 114 Putnam St. restaurant.

A new restaurant is bringing classic food with a twist to downtown Marietta.

The Cozy Kitchen, 114 Putnam St., had a soft opening Saturday, which was “insane,” according to owner Casandra Clark.

“At one point, we had an hour wait,” she said with a laugh.

Clark said she uses local ingredients as much as possible in her classic dishes, such as fresh produce from local farmers markets and dairy from Florence Creamery.

Before opening her shop in Marietta, she owned a catering company in California that specialized in serving dog handlers at dog shows. She said at one time, she was a dog handler and the food served at dog shows was unhealthy.

Clark said COVID19 actually helped her decide to move to Ohio.

“If not for COVID, I wouldn’t have started,” she explained. “COVID killed most small businesses there.”

Her family all lives locally and she wanted to be closer to them. Her parents live in the Beverly area, while her grandparents reside in Williamstown.

She was working as a private chef at a hunting lodge in Barnesville when the Putnam Street facility opened. Her mom looked at the building and the next day, a lease was signed.

“It’s been a whirlwind. I’ve literally been here in Ohio four weeks,” Clark said. “My parents have been a huge support system. They’ve been a driving force in this.”

The Cozy Kitchen is open 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“We’re just learning hours to see what works,” Clark said. “We may open a little later on Mondays.”

She said she isn’t trying to compete with more established dinner restaurants downtown.

“I pride myself on being a breakfast and lunch spot,” she noted.

When she catered meals in California, the biggest seller was the country chicken salad, which is chicken tossed with apples, celery and dried cranberries, served on a croissant with lettuce and tomato.

So far, her biggest breakfast seller here has been her blueberry muffin french toast, made with blueberry muffins baked in a loaf pan instead of a muffin tin.

For lunch, their patty melts are going like crazy, she added.

“My personal favorite is the turkey sandwich, made with roast turkey, both dark and light meat, cranberry-sage aioli on garlic bread,” Clark remarked.

Downtown business employees have been in for lunch every day this week.

Danielle Bruni, Putnam Street branch manager for Peoples Bank, said she and co-workers really enjoyed their meals there.

“Kristin Hill had the cozy bistro burger and Austin Forshey had the steak salad,” she said. “We had the Texas egg rolls, which was our favorite.”

She said they’ve also had a really good BBLT, which is bacon, more bacon, lettuce and tomato.

“It’s quality, fresh food,” Bruni added. “We’re putting (the restaurant) in our rotation. They have a lot of things that look interesting to try.”

The business is serving breakfast all day for now, but will possibly cut breakfast off at 11 a.m. in the future.

“Our busiest times are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are looking for a quick meal, call aheads are extremely recommended by calling 740-371-7100.”

For call-in orders, they try to get them out within 20 to 30 minutes.

She is already planning for the future of the business.

She intends to have tables for outside dining which will be dog-friendly.

She said people have been very supportive.

“It feels more like a community. Everyone has been so kind,” Clark said.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

If you go:

¯ What: The Cozy Kitchen restaurant.

¯ Where: 114 Putnam St., Marietta.

¯ Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

¯ Phone: 740-371-7100.

Source: Casandra Clark.

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