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Corner Cafe bringing charitable flavor to Turkey Day

Raising money to battle breast cancer

From left in the remodeled Corner Cafe are Jordan Edwards, Sheryl Edwards and Lydia Welling. (Photo by Paul LaPann)

PARKERSBURG — Sheryl Edwards is adding a new twist to Turkey Day at the Corner Cafe.

On Turkey Day, Thursday, Oct. 24, a $2 donation for each meal sold at the Corner Cafe, at Ann and Third streets in Parkersburg, will be given to the Pink Mammogram Fund at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Foundation, said Edwards, who bought the restaurant this summer. The Pink Mammogram Fund provides free mammograms to uninsured and underinsured area women.

Preventing and battling breast cancer are important to Edwards and her sister-in-law Lydia Welling, a waitress at Corner Cafe for the past six years. Their mothers have fought breast cancer.

Edwards had special pink T-shirts made for the waitresses to wear on Turkey Day.

Turkey Day begins at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

The restaurant is now open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Marilyn Plum, the previous owner of the Corner Cafe, also offered a Turkey Day.

Edwards added the special significance to the restaurant this year during the “grand opening week” — raising money to fight breast cancer.

Plum is baking pies for the restaurant she used to own for many years.

The Turkey Day menu includes turkey and stuffing, hot roast beef, rolls and noodles.

The family is going to keep the turkey tradition going, Edwards, of Parkersburg, said.

Edwards has kept many of the same homestyle cooked foods on the menu that Plum offered, along with adding new items. Breakfast is served all day.

The interior of the Corner Cafe has been redesigned and remodeled with a gray and red color scheme. The colors match those at Matheny Motors next door that owns the property.

The original Corner Cafe opened in 1975 on Liberty Street and later moved to Staunton Avenue, before moving to Matheny Motors, 231 Ann St., in 2013.

The Corner Cafe has added a Facebook page at yourcornercafe.com and three more tables. Waitresses have iPads to take the customers’ food orders.

The restaurant is trying to provide faster service to help downtown workers who may have a limited time to eat, Edwards said. Catering and food delivery are offered.

Sheryl’s daughter Jordan, 16, started working as a waitress at the Corner Cafe this week.

Jordan said she would like to own the Corner Cafe someday. Sheryl worked as a waitress at the Corner Cafe for five years when Plum owned the restaurant.

Paul LaPann can be contacted at plapann@newsandsentinel.com

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