BRADDOCK, Pa. – A small-town cafe not only serves unique sweet potato pies, but also serves the community, the owner told Fox News.
“We were able to bring together the young, the elderly, the police, the whole community just with our location,” Cheryl Johnson, owner of Aunt Cheryl’s Cafe, told Fox News. “Our location became a place where people felt comfortable.”
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Johnson’s has been serving the small Pittsburgh suburb for the past five years and is one of the few restaurants in the city. The retired social worker turned caterer opened her doors to share how her business brings the community together.
“We are serving the community through food,” Johnson said. “It became a place where people felt comfortable enough to come here and talk about who they are, where people felt comfortable enough to say ‘I need a meal.'”
“And one of our specialties is our sweet potato pie,” Johnson said before stating that his sweet potato pie recipe is the best in the country.
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“I’ve been all over the country, I’ve tried coast to coast: California, Detroit, Philadelphia,” he said. “Our sweet potato pie is the best.”
Johnson declined to reveal his secret ingredients, but did share a few suggestions for what to add to the Thanksgiving favorite.
“You have to have good potatoes to start with,” Johnson told Fox News. “We put in a little bit of seasoning, we put in a little bit of butter, we put in a little bit of sugar.”
“The most important thing that we put in is that we put our heart in,” he continued.
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Johnson said the city has rallied around its location.
“We do more than just feed people,” Johnson said. “We serve the people.”
To see Johnson’s full interview on his sweet potato pies, click here.