By Peter Gagnon// Staff Writer
Have you ever had a crepe? Well, for those of you that haven’t, it is a very thin type of pancake. If this French treat sounds appealing to you, head on down to The Penny Path Café. It’s the cat’s meow and the perfect getaway from on-campus dining. Simply take a short stroll just down the road into downtown High Point, near the International Home Furnishings Center, to try this eatery for a delicious meal any time of day.
The city of High Point features a long stretch of furniture stores and towering buildings. However, tucked between the large company buildings is this quaint little establishment. Located at 104 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, the Penny Path is both convenient and perfect any time of the day. Entering the café, you are greeted by their friendly staff. The whole restaurant is very comfortable and features a floor made entirely out of pennies. The atmosphere created by the rustic furnishings and details are welcoming and peaceful.
I had a chance to sit down with one of the restaurant’s employees, Akasha Buzov. Her father is the owner and mastermind behind the eatery. Crepes were always part of her childhood.
“It was something I always ate growing up – Saturday morning crepes,” said Buzov.
Buzov and a handful of other family members, as well as a few from outside the family, run the café. Even though they are not all related by blood, they still consider each other family.
Buzov explained the beginnings of the café and what led its grand opening. The Café was opened by the Buzov family. It is unique in every sense of the word. So how exactly does a restaurant of this caliber come into existence? By a dream! Miro Buzov always had a dream of owning a crepe truck, however, it never really panned out. When he finally felt the time was right, he quit his job as a cabinetmaker and started the Penny Path Café. In association with his wood working skills, Miro designed the restaurant to be made from salvage materials while still giving it a comfortable and cozy mood.
From a regular crepe stuffed with Nutella to a pizza-style crepe, this restaurant has it all. For those with allergies, there are gluten free options as well.
They are also famous for their terrific European coffee. Specialty coffee machines serve up everything from cappuccinos to chai lattes. Their “Kitchen Sink” Crepe is by far their most popular – it features a variety of cheeses and vegetables, including feta, mozzarella, corn, and sun dried tomatoes. Contrary to the floor’s composition, the café’s prices are reasonable. A regular crepe goes for around $7.
If you’re ever in the mood for a little change either early morning or late at night, go check out the Penny Path Café. There are booths, counter barstools, window seats as well as umbrella tables outside for those warm summer days. They’re open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. every day of the week and welcome High Point University students with open arms!