Scott Osher of CafÃ© Panini and his staff are excited about the grand opening of the shop while Irwin â€œThe Mayorâ€ Gamsen cuts the ribbon. submitted photo (October 3, 2011)
In March, Scott Osher was talking with friends about how nice it would be to have a sandwich to go with the cigar he was smoking. Six months later, Osher and that same group of friends had the grand opening of CafÃ© Panini.
The group had been sitting in their jointly owned cigar shop, Smoke Inn, when they came up with the idea to start a sandwich place. A few months later, the new sandwich shop was ready for business directly next door to the cigar shop.
"We'd sit around and chomp on cigars and say, 'Ah, I wish I had some sort of bread or sandwich,'" Osher said. "We said, 'How hard could it be?' and that's how the idea was born."
The idea has grown from dream to reality since then, with CafÃ© Panini's grand opening taking place Sept. 17. The menu consists of more than 40 sandwiches and 20 salads; all of them family recipes from the owners.
"We're all from the Northeast, so everything on that menu is probably something very familiar to Northeasterners," Osher said. "There's nothing on that menu I wouldn't eat because it's [all] stuff that my parents fed me, my mother fed my father, my grandparents fed us. They are all family recipes and almost overly simplistic."
One of the sandwiches is named after a regular customer of the cigar shop â€” 84-year-old Irwin "The Mayor" Gamsen. CafÃ© Panini's owners asked him to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of CafÃ© Panini on Sept. 17, because of how much of a fixture he's been at both places, according to Osher.
Another regular of the Smoke Inn, Margate City Manager Frank Porcella, is happy about the addition of the new sandwich shop.
"The Smoke Inn is a first-class establishment and I think the cafe will be as well," Porcella said. "It's a great place to have a sandwich and relax."
John Francis, president of the Margate Chamber of Commerce, was also excited about the new business and thought that everyone could benefit from both businesses.
"I think it's exciting that Smoke Inn is there, but it's even more exciting that they've added the cafe to the business. It's a long time coming," Francis said. "We're all excited about it. Any time a new business like this opens up, it's great for the community and the people of the community because it adds variety and spice to their life."
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