*This story first appeared in The Budget’s June 13, 2018, Local Edition.
By Beverly Keller
A unique blend of a coffee shop and restaurant has opened on East Main Street in Baltic under the ownership of Mark Miller and J. Mark Miller known as East Main Kitchen and Coffee.
“The community has been awesome,” Mark Miller said. “They’ve been very supportive.”
What locals will remember as the home of Miller’s Dutch Kitchen has been transformed into a modern space that can seat up to 130 people that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as coffee and sweet treats.
Mark Miller originally purchased the property thinking a few updates could be done before it was reopened. However, upon further inspection, he found that it would need quite a bit of work. That is where partnering with J. Mark Miller came in handy as his carpentry skills can be seen at most every mitered corner.
The space was designed with help from Mark Miller’s wife, Maureen, a designer at heart. She sketched out what she wanted and visited J. Mark Miller, who is a carpenter. He took the time to build what was needed. Shiplap – check. Focal wall – check. Custom barn doors to separate areas – check.
The decor is welcoming, comfortable and has a farmhouse flair complete with repurposed barn doors that slide into place to give privacy to some of the smaller areas that were set up to allow for Bible study or small group get-togethers as well as general studying and conversation.
Darryl Miller is the master behind the incredible menu selection that includes a wide variety of sandwiches, appetizers and dinners. Using the Green Egg charcoal grill for some dishes gives the food a taste that is out of this world. “We needed a foodie who is as passionate about food as we are about business,” Mark Miller said.
They didn’t forget the signature dish of the former eatery and offer broasted chicken with a twist as one of the dining options. There is comfort food ranging from a Manhattan to mashed potatoes and fried green beans as well as roast beef and custom burgers that require two hands to hold them while eating.
For those looking for coffee and fresh pastries, East Main has it covered. Goodies are made in the in-house bakery. There are biscottis for coffee dipping and layered cakes that look like they came straight from a magazine sure to have just a few calories. There are also fresh-baked pies on hand every day that range from fresh fruit to pecan and even chocolate cream.
High-top tables, cozy couches and comfy chairs are all options to relax and savor each sip and enjoy each bite while enjoying coffee, hot espresso or tea.
And while the eatery is a for-profit business, a percentage of the profits are earmarked for mission work around the world – especially when it comes to orphan care.
“We wanted to create a space in the community where people can gather,” Mark Miller said. “Our goal was to provide a good place to work, a place for the community to meet, with good culture, that will ultimately fund missions.”
East Main Kitchen and Coffee is located at 108 East Main Street in Baltic. It is open six days per week: Monday – Saturday, from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. It should be noted that a very limited menu is available after 7 p.m. each night as the kitchen closes at 7.