Customers seek solace, comfort, and excellent fare when they grace the welcoming doorstep of this eatery. Glowing woodwork and a high polished woodgrain counter greets the eye, as the employees sound a hearty hello. The scent of delicious homemade goodness hangs in the air, as patrons happily enjoy their meals, wishing their lunch breaks were longer. An oasis of comfort, the Babalu Cafe serves their meals with a heaping side of care. “It’s very cozy,” Co-owner April Pintagro says with a smile, exuding the warmth her restaurant is known for. “I’ve often been told ‘You can feel the warmth when you come in.’”
The Babalu Cafe is named after a song Ricki Ricardo sang on the beloved “I Love Lucy” show- the owners have a great affinity for this pillar of Jamestown popularity. Locals April And Busty Pintagro are happy to provide this classic dining spot, focusing on good food, great atmosphere, and genuine customer service. “My husband always wanted to open a cafe, so that’s why we decided to do it,” April explains. “We run it together.” The duo can be seen many times working hard to make the customers happy – April helps wait the tables, while Busty makes homemade sauce and tiramisu in the kitchen. “He loves it, he really does!” April exclaims.
The Babalu Cafe is proud to serve from scratch meals to satisfy any hungry pallet. “We make 17 different soups, Italian cookies to order, home made pies – almost everything is made in house.” She says. The cafe serves breakfast all day, and also provides an outstanding selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, and more for lunch. Daily specials are available, with Wednesday featuring hot and fresh lasagna, Thursday serving up the classic meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and corn, and Friday featuring homemade Mac and cheese, a delicious tuna melt, or sloppy joes. “We also do complementary Chocolate Drops,” April says. These melt in your mouth drops are made in house, available in mint or chocolate, and offer the perfect ending to a succulent meal.
April also mentions the restaurant is available to cook for events, like office parties, meetings, and more. “It can even be for six to eight people, we don’t care!” She says with a laugh. “You call us up, tell us what you are looking for, and we have it ready.” From desserts and lunches, to soups and more, this cafe can help make your event a hit.
The Babalu Cafe is located at 14 East Second Street in Jamestown, NY. They are open Tues-day through Friday from 7 am to 3 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm, and Sunday from 8 am to 12 pm. They are closed on Mondays. For those looking for holiday presents this year, gift certif-icates are always available, making gift giving simple. For more information or to preorder, give April a call at (716) 708-6077. “I love our customers,” April says. “We really appreciate them choosing us.”