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September 14, 2013

Pair turns East End space into café

By Cathy B. Koplen Contributing writer
The Daily Star

---- — 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.

“I make cupcakes, pies, cookies and fudge — but my specialty is cupcakes,” Bettiol said.

Another featured item sold at East End Café and Laundry are Pup Cakes — homemade dog cookies in several dog-friendly flavors.

“We have our fingers in a lot of pies,” Bettiol said. “When Paula leaves here she goes to her other business, House of Brides. And when I am done here, I go home and bake. Our family has always been involved in a lot in Oneonta. My brother has All-Star Village, Sabatini’s and Christopher’s.”

Whereas the café is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, the coin-operated laundry is open 24 hours a day, every day. There is WIFI throughout the building and air conditioning in the summer. They offer and wash, dry and fold for $10 a load.

“I don’t really need to weigh it, I can look at it and tell if it is a load,” Bettiol said. “And I just want to say, we have very clean bathrooms.”

The twins both said they enjoy seeing friends and relatives on a daily basis and are happy to contribute to the fabric of their community.

“We just like to keep busy,” Fassler said.