By Natalie Simms
To keep the cooking legacy of her family alive, Kimberly Sloan and her sister, Terra Johnson, have teamed up to open Brown Bag Cafe with Unique Velvet (Sweet Tooth) Bakery in the adjoining space at 5698 Highway 20, Suite K, in The Plaza near I-75 in Cartersville.
“We are just carrying on the legacy of our grandmothers, our mother and our uncle. We come from a long line of cooks. My uncle had a cafe bck in the day and we have some fond memories that old place,” says Sloan. “My grandmother cooked for three former governors, IGeorge) Busbee, (Zell) Miller and (Joe Frank) Harris. Cooking is something we’ve grown up doing.”
Brown Bag Cafe offers traditional barbecue fixins like ribs, brisket, pulled pork, along with fried fish, chicken wings, burgers and gizzards. “We can’t seem to keep them in here,” says Sloan. Side dishes include mac n’ cheese, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans and side salads.
“We also do a weekly special…some sort of traditional Southern meal. Last week was Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes. We will be having meatloaf, fried chicken and pinto beans with cornbread,” she says.
To curb your sweet tooth cravings, Johnson is making homemade desserts from scratch including a variety of cakes, cupcakes, cheesecake and candies. “We have Key Lime, chocolate, German Chocolate, Red Velvet and vanilla cakes…all made from scratch, no short cuts here.”
Brown Bag Cafe has been open for just a couple of weeks and business has been “steady” despite the pandemic.
“We have been holding our own and been having a pretty steady pace,” says Sloan. “Our dining room is open with social distancing. Our employees wear masks and we sanitize like crazy. We offer take out and are working on adding delivery with Grub Hub and Door Dash.”
Business hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. They do have special Thanksgiving hours on Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for your traditional Thanksgiving menu with turkey and dressing, green beans, sweet potato souffle, ham and desserts. To place to-go orders, call 470-888-2788.