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Cafe added to growing White empire

Watch out Port Orchard, Penny White is building a business dynasty.

Already the owner of her own daycare center and A Daughter’s Prayer, a Christian bookstore, White and her husband David have added the Hideaway Café, located at 807 Bay Street in downtown Port Orchard, to their growing empire.

The Whites bought the café on Sept. 1 and officially took over operations Sept. 12 and, for now at least, are not planning to change much.

“There won’t be too many changes,” Penny White said. “We want to keep it the same for the community because a lot of people love the gyros. This place is kind of famous for its gyros.”

By purchasing the café, David White is making a unique career change, leaving behind his job as co-manger of the service department at Bay Ford to become a cook while Penny White will devote most of her time being a waitress and keeping customers happy.

But the main reason behind getting back in the restaurant business is Penny has 25 years experience in that field and the couple wants to work together.

“We both love people, and this was an opportunity for us to come and own our own business,” Penny White said. “I had been praying that a door would open up for my husband so that we could work together as a team.”

And while having lunch one day in the café, Penny White overheard someone mention that it was up for sale. That prompted a quick family discussion, and pretty soon, the deal was done.

“It’s kind of the same (as working in a car-service shop) actually,” David White said. “It’s still about customer service – it’s still about shaking hands and talking to people.”

Now both will focus their days around getting the café on solid ground which means not messing with much.

“We’re going to keep it the same. We just didn’t want to do much different,” Penny White said. “We just want to add in or own special touches.”

The menu will stay relatively the same, from the huge breakfast served all day long to the gyros and hamburgers and deli sandwiches.

“Everything is done with the freshest of foods, all from scratch. It’s all homemade,” Penny White said. “What really makes things special is the homemade bread.”

The Whites are also offering homemade cookies and cinnamon rolls along with a small menu of espresso offerings and Cascade Glacier Ice Cream.

And Penny is bringing in her own recipe for chili, which she thinks will be a big hit.

“Well, I make the best homemade chili,” she said. “It’s the absolute best homemade chili in town. And this is going to be a great place to come and eat with great service. I have no doubts, not one bit.”

The Hideaway Café is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located on the backside of Bay Street, underneath the Ale House.

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