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In Business: About Thyme Cafe

Posted: September 17, 2012 - 8:13pm
Liz Victor (third from left) is the owner of About Thyme Cafe on Georgia Avenue. She is pictured with some of her employees. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday with free food samples.   CRYSTAL GARCIA/STAFF
CRYSTAL GARCIA/STAFF
Liz Victor (third from left) is the owner of About Thyme Cafe on Georgia Avenue. She is pictured with some of her employees. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday with free food samples.

When Liz Victor said she was going to open a restaurant, friends kept telling her it was about time.

“Everybody’s response was, ‘It’s about time we have a cafe in North Augusta,’” she said.

After repeatedly hearing “about time,” she decided to name the restaurant About Thyme Café. It is located at 220 Georgia Ave.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Having worked at No. 10 Downing Street in Aiken, where she gained her culinary skills, she has named a sandwich after the restaurant. The sandwich, known as the Kentucky Derby, was popular at No. 10. She said it is “baked chicken atop a toasted croissant with melted brie and lite dill mayo.”.

“A lot of my customers have been to No. 10 and were thrilled that we have the revival of that sandwich here,” she said.

The Kentucky Hot Brown, a baked turkey, bacon and tomato sandwich on a slice of Texas Toast topped with shredded cheese and cheese sauce, is also popular.

“We come in and bake a turkey every day,” she said. “We go through about a whole turkey a day.”

Her husband came up with the idea to use Naan bread to create small pizzas.

“Our chicken salad is probably what we are becoming known for,” she said.

When deciding on a menu, Victor said she knew she wanted chicken, egg and tuna salads, salad, cold sandwiches and something hot for a heavier meal. “I really just put everything I like on the menu,” she said.

Customers can build their own salad, including their choice of lettuce, fruit, cheese, nuts, raisins and dressing. Extras can be added such as chicken, tofu and grilled salmon.

And those wanting breakfast can order Belgian waffles with pure maple syrup.

Menu items are priced to be an affordable daily meal rather than a special occasion meal, Victor said. Prices range from $3 to $8.50.

“We did not want to be known as a high-priced restaurant,” she said. “We wanted to be the place you go every day.”

Customers might also be surprised to learn she does not serve fried food.

In place of french fries, customers can get sides such as pasta salad, fruit and chips.

“We wanted something slightly more healthy than the usual,” she said.

Though when customers come in for her father’s cooking, it’s far from healthy.

“My dad, “T (Wilson),” he bakes all of our cakes,” she said. “All the recipes were his grandmother’s and they are made from scratch here every day.”

The three most popular cakes are caramel, red velvet and carrot.

“I’ve never had anyone say their cake was anything other than heavenly,” Victor said.

The dining room is also being used as a rotating artist exhibit and artists are invited to be put on a rotation list.

Victor and her husband, Bill, have three children: twins Ava and Coleman, 7, and Lila, 5.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce for About Thyme Café at 10 a.m. Friday. Free food will be offered.

For restaurant information, call (803) 426-8306.

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