Sean Butler is carving meat amidst shelves of dried fruit, nuts and labels for his snack food lines when I walk into Food Studio B to interview him.
Butler speaks fast, rattling off the farmers he knows and how they fit into his vision for the new space. A man from Rora Farms in Coosa County walks in to deliver eggs. Butler points out his one and only shelf of dried goods. His focus is obvious: Make food from scratch and foster community.
“We want to sit down with our customers and get to know them,” said Butler, who has lived in Chelsea since 2006.
The café, located in the former Chelsea Café location behind the BP on Highway 280, had a soft opening in March and is now serving salads, sandwiches, soups and specials daily—as well as homemade desserts—on weekdays.
Lunch and breakfast are only the start of Butler’s vision for the storefront to be a market, bakery and café.
“We want to be a one stop shop for all things food,” he said.