At Claudette’s Cafe and Deli in Westlake, employees and customers are ‘like family’ – Morning Journal

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Claudette’s Cafe & Deli, 26485 Center Ridge Road in Westlake, is a family owned restaurant that has been operating and serving customers for over 40 years with American breakfasts and earning the trust of the community.

Cafe manager Sarah Munteanu, who worked at Claudette’s for three years as both manager and waitress, had a lot to say about the restaurant.

“Claudette’s has been around for 40 years. The owner who currently owns it took over about four years ago,” Munteanu said.

The current owner is Laith Al-Mashni.

The store’s original owner was named Claudette, and the restaurant kept the name because it was so well-known, according to Munteanu.

Although Claudette herself has retired, she still occasionally visits the cafe to see how business is going.

menu items

Foods include many breakfast and lunch options, such as cookies and gravy, pancakes, waffles, toast, eggs, burritos, omelettes, sandwiches, flatbread pizza, soups, salads and more, including a kids’ menu and sides such as hash browns. and fries.

Beverage options include coffee, tea, juice, milk, and an assortment of soft drinks.

Challenges during the pandemic

Claudette’s Cafe & Deli, like many other places, had to make changes amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“It was a bit tricky, and it was difficult and stressful because nobody really told us how to manage and reopen after the pandemic,” Munteanu said. “We were sort of figuring it out on our own, but I think we did a good job and our customers really appreciated it.”

Munteanu commented on how very supportive the restaurant’s customers were during this tough time for the business.

“Our customers are really loyal and they have supported us throughout the pandemic,” she said. “They were coming, and as soon as we reopened, they were all there to support us. They are exceptional people, very adorable.

Customer traffic

Despite the pandemic, traffic is stable.

“We have our regulars who come every day, on certain days of the week, every month and every week,” Munteanu said. “We have certain groups that come from the senior center, to retired firefighters, and on the weekends we get quite a bit of criticism.

“We have the religious groups, the families, our regulars, etc.”

Munteanu said that during the week only two to three work, and on weekends there are five to six.

“At the moment we serve breakfast and lunch, we are open daily from 7am to 2pm and we also rent out our restaurant for private parties, such as Christmas parties, New Year’s parties, baby showers. showers, engagements,” she said. . “Whatever you want to do as a customer, we are here to help.

“We have a bar, we decorate, it depends on what the client wants.”

Like a second home

“I love this place, it’s like a second home and like a second family for me with employees and customers,” said Munteanu. “I worked here my whole pregnancy, so we’re like a little family.”

She said she makes it a priority for herself and the restaurant as a whole to serve the best they can to those who walk through their doors.

For more information, visit claudettesdeli.com or call 440-899-1029.

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