Welcome to Aleta’s Cafe!
309, Xenia Avenue
Yellow Springs, Ohio
For Reservations: 937-319-0066
Hours of Operation
Monday: 11 AM -10 PM Live Music from 5:30-8
Wednesday: 11 AM – 3 PM
Thursday: 11 AM – 3 PM
Friday: 11 AM- 10 PM
Saturday: 11 AM- 10 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 5PM
Aletas Cafe Yellow Springs
If there’s one place in town where you can get pizza past 9 p.m. or just order a hot sandwich and chill, then that’s probably at Aleta’s Café. Situated in the “coolest building in town” owned by Alan Macbeth, this new restaurant is taking the town by storm. And it’s not just the charming character of its uniquely hand-made bricked building nor the expansive tree-covered patio that looks divine at night; it’s the scrumptious food here – all made from scratch – that are worth more than a visit or two.
This newest attraction in Yellow Springs opened in June 2014 after starting out as a mere street fair project in October last year. Inspired by its success, owners Gregg Pastourelle and Matthew Willis labored for almost a year to renovate the 1,700-square-foot space which soon would be Aleta’s. Aleta’s is a tribute to Willis’ triplet sister, Melani Aleta Willis, who passed away from Graves’ disease in 2009.
“We took a building that had so many things against it being a restaurant and made it a restaurant,” Pastourelle said of the task. And then to minimize their expense for adding a vent hood or gas lines, their menu revolved around the limits of an all-electric kitchen which they built from the ground up. One goal keeps them focused and driven: to offer a dining experience with a distinctive twist that’s focused on fresh-from-scratch foods.
Willis and Pastourelle, a graduate of Columbus Culinary Institute, met 12 years ago through the local music scene. The restaurant’s décor reflects the owners’ love for music, with scattered rock memorabilia and posters of Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley and Tupac Shakur overlooking the 40-seater dining area.
Customers can enjoy salads, pizzas made with naan bread and hot Panini sandwiches for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Its vegetarian and gluten-free options are also a hit among happy diners.
They offer the Chef Salad with flavorful turkey. Match these leafy meals with mouth-watering club sandwiches and naan pizzas. The smoked chicken-thigh sandwich stuffed with bacon, TLC, onion, drizzled with homemade herb mayonnaise is a must-try among your ordinary choice of sandwich, as Willis dubbed it as customer favorite.
If you’re a fan of grilled sandwiches, its different kinds of Panini are a must-try. Its Birdy Panini is served with no other than smoked chicken thigh, coupled with fresh tomato and romaine on naan bathed in Caesar dressing. There is also the Veggie Panini which you will fall in love with instantly for its roasted harmony of squash and zucchini garnished with tomatoes, caramelized onions, and generously topped with chilled cucumber slaw on naan and mozzarella.
“Our approach is good service, good food and a good environment – and the environment is already here,” Pastourelle said. Owners know that diners would be enticed to come here simply because of the charming hand-built brick Oten Gallery. But it’s their fresh delicious food that would have them coming back.
309 Xenia Avenue.
Yellow Springs, Ohio