Restaurateur brings her comfort food back to Prescott

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br />Trish Bauer, former owner of Trisha’s Slow Food Café, opened the Sweet Potato Café in February. <br /><br />

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br />Trish Bauer, former owner of Trisha’s Slow Food Café, opened the Sweet Potato Café in February. <br /><br />

A veteran of the restaurant scene is back in business.

Trish Bauer opened the Sweet Potato Café at 443 Miller Valley Road in Prescott in late February.

She serves breakfast and lunch dishes daily at the same spot she formerly ran as Trisha's Slow Food Café for about five years.

"It's just something you do, and you don't think twice," she said.

Bauer's return was fairly quick for her and her husband, Russell, who began serving tasty meals many moons ago in Minneapolis, opening Patsy's 2400 Café in the mid-1980s.

Bauer remembers Russell pacing the floor when they originally opened their doors and how business took off about an hour later.

"Ever since then, we've always made it work," she said.

From there, Trish and Russell came to Phoenix and went on to run Patsy's Café at 38th Avenue and Indian School Road and Trisha's Li'l Café at Bell Road and 15th Avenue in the early 1990s.

Bauer said she eventually sold her Phoenix-area restaurants and came to Prescott in the late 1990s with plans to enjoy a slower lifestyle and open a restaurant here.

"I knew we were going to find a restaurant up here," she said.

Longtime customers will see that the menu features many of Bauer's signature comfort food dishes including big, puffy omelets, homemade soups, cinnamon rolls, pies, cakes and popular lunch items such as burgers, pot roast, meatloaf, chili, chicken and lunch specials.

"You know what's funny, I make the same food today as I did back then. I just add to the menu," she said. "I'm glad to be back."

The café is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Bauer doesn't accept credit cards. For information, call 771-2233.