ON THE MENU
• Cafe 313 cowboy brisket sandwich — Hickory smoked brisket, lettuce, red onions and barbecue sauce on a fresh roll served with a side of potato salad, $8
• Veggie wrap — Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and provolone cheese wrapped in a tortilla and served with your choice of dressing, $6.55
• Cafe 313 salad — Chicken, feta cheese, walnuts, mandarin oranges and apples on a bed of lettuce with your choice of dressing, $7
• Redneck caviar — Tomato, onions, peppers, corn and black-eyed peas served with chips to dip, $3.55
2495 Fence Road, Dacula
Open since: Oct. 5
Owner: Teresa Cantrell
Location: Cafe 313 is located across the street from Dacula Elementary School at the intersection of Dacula and Fence roads.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, closed Sundays
Atmosphere: Cafe 313 is located in a house built in 1905 by Dr. William Hinton, owner Teresa Cantrell's great-grandfather, so the inside is like being in someone's home for a meal.
For decor, Cantrell, a member of 12Stone Church, was inspired by the church's music and arts area, called the Redemptive Arts Department.
"That term came to my mind as I was praying about how to decorate or what the feel would be in here," she said. "The house would be each of the redemptive arts and each room has taken shape."
The front room is a gallery with hanging visual arts, hand-crafted jewelry and other local products, such as goat's milk soap and crocheted blankets. The library is in the original parlor with Books for Less books for sale, representing the literary arts. The tea room holds clay bowls, silver spoons and jams for the culinary arts. And the last room is for live music. Performers take stage every Friday and Saturday night.
Outside, there is a luscious garden growing, but most people sit on the patio. No matter where you find a spot, there is something to look at inside or out.
Menu: Cafe 313 serves specialty coffees and hot teas, homemade croissants and muffins, and fresh bread from a bakery in Lawrenceville, plus larger plates for dinner or lunch.
There is something special about the coffee. It is roasted by the Duluth-based Phoenix Community Coffee Company, a nonprofit that operates locally and internationally, "redefining mission focused business and reaching out to the broken, hurting, desperate and disconnected." Good coffee for a good cause.
When Cantrell took over the space from the last restaurant, Blessings Cottage, she left the favorites, the chicken salad on croissant and potato salad on the menu, then expanded from there.
"We expanded the menu mainly because we're open in the evenings," Cantrell said. "We needed hardier pieces, so we added the flat bread pizzas that are fresh baked in our oven."
They also added a cowboy brisket sandwich to the menu to attract a male following.
"We specifically added it for the men because we wanted them to feel comfortable here, too," she said.
There is also a children's menu and fresh baked goods for sale.
Things you might not know: Cafe 313 received its name from the passage from Ecclesiastes 3:13, which talks about eating, drinking and celebration.