For Pat Azogu, a battle with breast most cancers was an indication to ditch the company world and pursue her ardour for espresso and baking.
“After I acquired to the opposite aspect [of cancer treatment], I began pondering, ‘No, I don’t need to return to the company world. I need to do one thing completely different, [something] that I’ll take pleasure in doing however perhaps on the similar time serving to others,” she says. So she took the plunge and determined to open Garnet Gal’s Coffee Shop and Bakery in Buckhead.
Located away from the neighborhood’s enterprise tower cluster, Garnet Gal’s is positioned in Lenox Village (2770 Lenox Street Northeast)—a residential purchasing heart with ample parking—a couple of half mile off of I-85. Whenever you stroll in, make a beeline for the pastry case full of baked items. All the pastries use house-milled flour, which leads to a product that’s barely denser and has “a very nice gentle, moist texture, virtually light,” Azogu says.
Azogu at all times cherished baking, however when she was preventing breast most cancers (“I at all times inform folks to get examined early,” she says), she discovered that freshly-milled grains retain extra fiber and nutrients. So she began milling them in her residence kitchen and enjoying round with completely different recipes.
Standouts within the pastry case embody scones—which are available a wide range of seasonal fruit flavors and promote out rapidly—and a kale and cheddar biscuit that’s barely candy with a bit kick. “I believe the key ingredient in that’s the cayenne pepper. That’s what actually provides it its kick,” says Azogu. “Most of our recipes are fairly easy. We don’t have lots of additional components in them.” Garnet Gal’s components are additionally principally natural, which stems from the dietary adjustments Azogu made throughout her well being battle.
In case you occur to go on a day that Garnet Gal’s has the strawberry cupcake, purchase it. It’s topped with a lightweight whipped cream frosting and almond crumble which makes for a day deal with that received’t weigh you down. Azogu serves espresso from Counter Tradition in addition to domestically roasted Peach Espresso from Johns Creek, together with juices.
In case you’re actually hungry, there’s a breakfast menu with objects like quiche and baked oatmeal. For lunch, there are a selection of sandwiches made with focaccia bread, together with a turkey, apple, and cheddar grilled cheese and a vegan chickpea and sunflower seed sandwich. Azogu, who as soon as saved to a vegan food plan, says the latter recipe “goes again to me looking for [vegan] objects that basically tasted good, however [were] completely different from only a inexperienced salad.”
Regardless of the challenges of opening a restaurant in pandemic, although, Azogu has already made her dream of fostering a Cheers-like surroundings come true. She has regulars who know the workers and prospects which have helped her with all the pieces from brainstorming to advertising. “I really had a buyer are available sooner or later and say, ‘I really feel like I’m a part of a household,’ and it actually makes me really feel good, as a result of that’s actually what I needed,” Azogu says.