By Nancy R. Elliott
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
Fast. Fresh. Clean. That’s the mantra at the Your Way Café. The downtown Anderson eatery opened for business in June with a mix and match sandwich menu. This week, hours have been expanded, and now there’s a breakfast menu as well.
“There’s 4,500 people that work downtown ... We’re offering food exactly the way they want it,” said proprietor Claudette Bettencourt. “It’s all fresh, fast and clean.”
Customers can take their food to go, dine inside or, on a nice day, eat outside at sidewalk tables. Your Way Café also delivers.
On the lunch menu, diners pick from no less than nine kinds of breads or rolls, including gluten free, toasted if desired. On top of that, Your Way Café options include meats, cheese, and items like banana peppers, olives, lettuce, pepperoncini, tomatoes and more. Finish it off with the dressing of your choice.
Other menu options include salads, pizza, dressed dogs, hot Hoosier beef or turkey sandwiches. There’s also sides, like chili, chips, yogurt, or pasta salad. Dessert items and beverages round out the menu.
Expect reasonable prices. Sandwiches run $5. Toss in a drink and a side, and tack on another $2.
Each weekday, the café offers specials like barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, walking tacos, chicken and noodles, or baked tilapia. Tomorrow is National Chocolate Milkshake Day, and Your Way Cafe is stepping up to the plate for that, too.
This week, for the first time, the doors open at 7 a.m. with a complete breakfast menu served through 10 a.m. The morning fare includes everything from eggs with potatoes and toast to Belgian waffles. The Your Way Café omelet with “everything you want” is the priciest item on the menu at $7.
Bettencourt has a team of four full-time and four part-time employees to man the counter. Michael Riley is Your Way Café’s manager.
The cafe is right next door to Bettencourt’s other recently opened venture, “Conscious Creations.” The shop was actually Bettencourt’s first endeavor. When the former Quizno’s closed, Bettencourt decided to launch Your Way Café in its space.
Over in Conscious Creations, Bettencourt’s focus is on personal self improvement. The shop has an eclectic mix of items from “Angels to Zen,” like antiques, beads, books, candles, crystals, jewelry, oils and more. In addition, she’ll be offering classes on topics like stress, prosperity, releasing past issues and more.
Bettencourt brings a strong interest in promoting downtown businesses as well as a great enthusiasm for the history and charm of the downtown area.
“It’s historical. It’s nostalgic. It’s retro,” said Bettencourt. She’s already researched the building housing her two businesses and discovered it dates to 1900.
“In 1910, it was a five and dime. They called it Kresge,” said Bettencourt. The businesswoman has been collecting photographs and postcards of the downtown area from its early days. Her plan is to transform the décor of the café with historical collages and photos.
Bettencourt originally hails from California, but most recently lived in Florida until her move to Indiana a couple of years ago.
She has worked in sales and marketing in the resort industry and had several restaurants along the way. Additionally, Bettencourt has a business in magnetic jewelry, including online sales and weekend conferences.
“I’m fearless. I’ve never been afraid of taking on a project,” said Bettencourt.
Bettencourt is also keen on local issues, like the proposed reservoir.
“I think it’s important that the people of Anderson be knowledgeable of the pros and cons.”
Bettencourt lives in Anderson with her beloved rescued pit bull, Duke.
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