Sky literally the limit at the Raven

Matt Hinshaw/<br>The Daily Courier<br>Ty Fitzmorris (right), owner of The Raven Caf&#233;, and Tone Passarelli, general manager, recently opened the Loft, a rooftop bar and eating area on top of the caf&#233;. The Loft almost doubles the Raven's seating capacity and adds a stage for small musical acts.

Matt Hinshaw/<br>The Daily Courier<br>Ty Fitzmorris (right), owner of The Raven Caf&#233;, and Tone Passarelli, general manager, recently opened the Loft, a rooftop bar and eating area on top of the caf&#233;. The Loft almost doubles the Raven's seating capacity and adds a stage for small musical acts.

Ty Fitzmorris is raising the roof on his business.Fitzmorris, owner of the Raven Café at 142 N. Cortez St. in Prescott, recently finished improvements to the restaurant/bar, including a new rooftop deck.The kitchen went through a remodel to double its size and capacity, and a third bathroom was added.But the most impressive change is the patio, which is the only publicly open rooftop in Prescott, according to Fitzmorris."It fulfills a need in the community," he said. "The rooftop was always part of the plan."The patio has space for 65 people and two small stages for musical acts.General manager Tone Passarelli said it gives patrons more seating and dining space.If a customer wants to have a chat with someone else without loud music, they can find that quiet spot at the café."There's always a place for everybody," he said.Business at the café is up from 2008 because of new management and partnerships with other local businesses, according to Fitzmorris, who said they work with Pangaea Bakery and Prescott Coffee Roasters.The café also gets a majority of its pesticide-free produce from a garden about a mile west from the business. Dave Rothgery, a counselor with the Prescott office of SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives), said reinvesting in a business is a good move for any owner on solid financial ground."They are providing a unique venue that is unlike any other venue in Prescott," he said. "They're keying into a sector of the market that should be lucrative to them."It's those improvements and partnerships, Fitzmorris said, that help insulate his business during these challenging economic times."I'm banking on it emotionally and financially," he said.The grand reopening celebration events begin this week.For information, call 928-717-0009 or visit www.ravencafe.com.(Editor's note: This article was corrected after publication to reflect a name error.)