Silver Jubilee for Waterwheel Café, Bakery & Bar

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Waterwheel Café, Bakery & Bar is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.

The Café is appropriately named for the huge waterwheel in the landmark Upper Mill, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

After working many years at Jean Paul Picot’s French Bakery and La Boulangère in New York City, owner Nancie Simonet originally opened as a bakery and self-service lunch café. The homemade baked goods, the hospitality, and the quaint, comfortable setting soon evolved into a full-menu restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week, dinner on Thursdays through Saturdays and off-premise catering.

In 1997, the Café took over the wheelwright’s room in the Upper Mill building and opened a bar and dining area. This venue, with original stone walls and view of the 24-foot working waterwheel, has hosted famous jazz and blues musicians, as well as an array of talented local and not-so-local musicians.

After spending over a decade in France, Darren Fouse joined Nancie at the Waterwheel, and their love for food and wine created a welcoming environment and dining experience for their clientele — old friends, new friends, neighbors, travelers, and visitors to Milford in Pike County.

They have earned recognition from the Times Herald Record, The Pocono Record, Washington Post, New York Magazine, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Bon Appetit Magazine, Travel & Leisure and more.

In a recent interview, Nancie praised her long-time staff, and her husband Darren who not only works with integrity, care and dedication, but who also went the extra mile in keeping things going at the Waterwheel while she was fighting a life-threatening illness. Nancie feels that their extra, “above and beyond” efforts, combined with their encouragement and the overwhelming support of the Milford community, most definitely influenced her remarkable recovery.

Over these years, the Waterwheel has also given back to the community by donating their time, space, and food to many local charity events including Safe Haven, March for Babies, The Ecumenical Food Pantry, Share the Harvest, CDD and United Way.

This Silver Jubilee marks and important achievement for the eatery and night spot, featuring live musical performances.

To celebrate this special occasion, on April 26, Bobby Kyle, renowned blues guitarist — and the first musician to play at the Waterwheel — will again perform (starting at 8 p.m.) in the bar as a tribute to their special relationship. Since those early days, Bobby Kyle has been performing his own material at nightclubs, concert venues and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 2012, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

“We are grateful to the community and our loyal customers for 25 years of patronage and are excited to have Bobby Kyle performing at the Waterwheel to commemorate this milestone anniversary. Please come out and join us,” said owner Nancie.

For upcoming events at Waterwheel Café, Bakery & Bar, check out the café’s web site, www.waterwheelcafe.com or visit them at Facebook.

Waterwheel Café is open seven days a week, serving breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. (Sunday until noon); lunch with specials featured daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and dinner Thursday through Saturday evenings from 5:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Customers have the option of dining in the Bar (bar menu available until 10 p.m.) or in the cozy, intimate setting featured in the Café. Weather permitting there is outside dining on the deck overlooking the Sawkill Creek. Reservations are recommended for dinner. The bar is also available for private parties.

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