Paul Saudan and Patti Saudan-Stachowicz are the new owners of the Circle Café, located in the Porter School building in Alpha.
By Nikki Mitchell
ALPHA—The Circle Café, located inside the Porter School Market Place here, is now open to the public.
The café is now owned by Paul Saudan and Patti Saudan-Stachowicz, who recently moved back to the area from Georgia.
Unlike the previous restaurant, the Circle Café will be open year-round, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. seven days a week. The restaurant serves standard breakfast and lunch at any time of the day.
“If someone wants a burger at 7 a.m., we’ll make them a burger,” Patti said. “If they want eggs at 2 p.m., we’ll make them eggs.”
Patti is originally from Alpha and moved away shortly after graduation. For the last 35 years, she and her husband have been trying to move back to the area. They began looking into different restaurants and found the Circle Café.
“It was just a perfect fit,” Patti said.
After attending school until third grade in the Porter School, she said that it’s like a piece of history having the café there.
They would like to have a friends and family atmosphere in the newly opened restaurant, and they have seen a steady flow of old acquaintances, former teachers, family and friends come into the café since its opening on April 5, Patti said.
“We want you to come in as a stranger and leave as a friend,” she said.
According to Paul, they hope to expand the hours and menu to include dinner as well as open the gym to the public again. They hope to pass the café to their son, Andrew Saudan, after they retire.
“We want to get involved in the community again,” Paul said. “We are here to serve the community needs and want to have a long-term relationship with Iron County.”