SINKING SPRING, Pa. – After 10 years of packing in hungry customers, the owners of The Tomcat Café on Penn Avenue in Sinking Spring are selling the business.
"This has been such a huge part of my family, said co-owner Scott Smith. "My family grew up here. My youngest was crawling around the floor when we opened."
Scott and Paula Smith said the café is busier than ever. Scott's just in search of a new opportunity for his family, although at this point, he's not quite sure what that will entail.
"Just ready to move on to a different adventure," Smith explained. "[It is] kind of like another challenge for us."
For those interested in whipping up their own ideas for the place, the property hit the market this week with an asking price of $475,000. Smith said there's already plenty of interest.
"My Realtor is working hard," Smith said. "Normally, in a new business, you spend the first few years scraping to survive, and here you're already walking into a flourishing business."
The hope is that the new owners will keep the menu and the atmosphere pretty much the same, to keep the legacy of The Tomcat Café alive.
"I named the place after my grandfather, so I certainly want someone who is gonna love it and have the passion for it that we have for it, to make it their own and run with what we've already done would be ideal," Smith said.
Each signature dish listed on the lengthy menu, along with every piece of memorabilia, all bring back plenty of fond memories, however, Smith said, most of all, he's going to miss the people.
"The amount of people we've connected with through the years, if nothing else, that's a legacy worth having," Smith said.