Sweet potato pie and serving the community: café owner shares the secret to her success

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A small-town café not only serves signature sweet potato pies but also serves the community, the owner told TBEN News.

“We were able to bring together young people, old people, the police, the whole community just with our location,” Cheryl Johnson, owner of Aunt Cheryl’s Cafe, told TBEN News. “Our location became a place where people felt comfortable.”

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Johnson has been serving the small suburb of Pittsburgh for five years and is one of the few restaurants in the city. The retired social worker turned caterer opened her doors to talk about how her business brings the community together.

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“We serve the community through food,” Johnson said. “It became a place where people felt comfortable enough to come here and talk about who they are, where people felt comfortable enough to say, ‘I need a meal.'”

“And one of our specialties is our sweet potato pie,” Johnson said before claiming that her sweet potato pie recipe is the best in the country.

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“I’ve been all over the country, I’ve tasted from coast to coast: California, Detroit, Philadelphia,” she said. “Our sweet potato pie is the best.”

Johnson refused to give up her secret ingredients, but shared some suggestions on what to add to the Thanksgiving favorite.

“You have to have good potatoes to start with,” Johnson told TBEN News. “We put a little spice, we put a little butter, we put a little sugar.”

“The most important thing we put into it is we put our hearts into it,” she continued.

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Johnson said the city has rallied around its location.

“We’re doing more than just feeding the people,” Johnson said. “We serve the people.”

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