Park Hill Cafe is an everyday neighborhood café and owner Mark Ketchum likes it that way.
“It’s the neighborhood cafe. All of the people that work and live in the neighborhood come here. We have a lot of regulars that come in every week,” Ketchum said.
Ketchum has been the owner since Park Hill opened almost 13 years ago. When people come in, they expect the Ketchum family hospitality that keeps them coming back.
Located in the cozy shopping strip off of Park Hill Drive and University Drive, Park Hill is open for lunch every day from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They are also open for dinner Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“People love coming here because the food is great and the atmosphere makes you feel right at home,” Ketchum said.
That atmosphere is apparent before entering the restaurant. The shopping center has a home-style roof that allows for a small town ambience. Upon entering the restaurant, the customer is immediately greeted with a Ketchum family smile and a home cooked meal made by people who care about their customers.
Courtney West and Sarah Schmidt used to live across the street from the cafe, but still go back frequently because of the bond they made with the Ketchum family and of course, the chicken salad sandwich.
“I love the neighborhood feel of Park Hill Cafe. Everyone always seems to know each other. Every time we come in, we catch up with Mark and have a great meal,” Schmidt said.
One of the perks to being in a shopping center is that the cafe is situated right next to Put a Cork In It, the neighborhood wine shop. And Park Hill is BYOB, so customers can grab a bottle of wine and have a home cooked meal all in one area.
“At night, the quaint and cozy atmosphere coupled with the BYOB venue is like dining at a good friend’s house. With nightly specials and dependable classics like spicy meatloaf, chili-tortilla crusted trout and pan-seared ribeye steak with cabernet demi-glaze sauce, everyone is sure to find a favorite,” according to the Park Hill website.
When asked about the busiest time of day, Ketchum said he couldn’t honestly answer. “It’s the nature of the beast,” he said.
With its friendly atmosphere and highly rated food, Park Hill Cafe is for anyone looking for that home cooked meal experience, outside the home.