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September 14, 2013

Pair turns East End space into café

Patty Bettiol and Paula Fassler, known to many Oneonta natives as the Patton twins, recently decided to pool their talents and open a café in the space in front of their father’s coin-operated laundry business.

East End Café and Laundry, located at 530 Main St., has a covered, seating area outside with cozy café seating. The screen that shades a large picture window is outlined in a city-scape of café patrons.

“Our father has owned the building for 40 years,” Bettiol said during a recent interview at the cafe. “When the tenants left in March — we had been seeing people coming into the laundry with coffee and donuts — and we had this space.”

Fassler nodded her head in agreement.

“We thought it would be good business to put in a café and sell good food and coffee,” Fassler said. “We had our opening day August 16, 2013.”

The café menu includes a variety of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soups, salads and wraps, as well homemade macaroni and cheese, hot dogs and chicken spiedies.

Both women say they take pride in their ability to please their customers with artful arrangement of homemade food.

“We also have cappuccino, and hot chocolate,” Bettiol said.

In addition to the café, Bettiol has a small business, Patty Cakes, selling cupcakes and cookies, and Fassler owns House of Brides.

The café features Pattie Cakes, which are displayed on top of the counter. There are colorful cupcakes on a three-tiered platter, a variety of cookies in glass jars and many different muffins. 

“Patty goes home after working here and makes her Patty Cakes,” Fassler said. “She is really well-known for them. People order them a lot.”

Patty Cakes began about five years ago, when Bettiol took orders for charity fundraising and found she was selling a lot of tiny cakes.

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