The Cafe is Closed
Ten years ago my husband, Tim O'Neill, and I took over ownership of the Artisan Gallery and the Creamery Café. With much consideration we have made the decision to close the café component of our business in order to dedicate ourselves to the art gallery.
Being an artist and having much experience creating and selling artwork made taking over the gallery in 2004 an obvious choice At that time my café was the only restaurant located in the unincorporated village of Paoli and seemed an important draw to the gallery. Since then both the Artisan Gallery and Paoli have grown in reputation. Many other businesses have joined us in this community, including other food establishments, giving visitors to the town many choices of where to eat. With that growth I find myself stretched thin and needing to make a decision about what is most important to me and the business. This includes not only placing emphasis on the gallery and the artists it supports, but a desire to spend more time focusing on my own studio practice. I feel this decision will best serve the local community as well as the larger arts community.
I will of course miss the staff of the café and most importantly our Chef, Phil Rodriguez, who is very gifted in the culinary arts. I will also miss the farmers and other colleagues involved in the local food and farm to table establishments especially those I worked with in Madison Originals. Madison is rich in wonderful dining establishments and organizations who champion locally owned restaurants and buying local and conscientiously produced food. I hope my decision to devote one hundred percent of my time to the visual arts will be viewed as positively by others as I feel about it. My first love is the arts and that is where I will devote my efforts.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has frequented the café and continues to sustain the arts by supporting the Artisan Gallery.
Thank you for your years of support. We look forward to seeing you at the Artisan Gallery.