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New Restaurant in Coatesville to Pay Homage to Local’s Mother

Sep 21, 2023 | Coatesville

Jamoca Harkins has turned her love of Southern cooking, particularly desserts, into a new business. The new Coatesville restaurant is to pay homage to the local’s mother.

Looking for some sweets made with a nod to Southern cooking? Coatesville resident and shop owner Harkins answered your wish with the opening of The Butter Pecan Café at 228 Lincoln Highway. They held a grand opening celebration on Aug. 5.

Harkins learned how to make Southern classic deserts after watching several of her relatives who are from the South and she is also a regular visitor to areas south of the Mason Dixon Line.

Some of Butter Pecan Cafe’s specialties are banana pudding, 7-Up Cake, Sock it to Me Cake, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, triple chocolate mousse cake and carrot cake. Harkins said that the shop specialty is butter pecan ice cream.

How does the new restaurant pay homage to Harkins’ mother?

“In our family when we have dessert we always have butter pecan ice cream — it’s our tradition,” Harkins said. “And I want to share that with my customers.”

Why bring a touch and taste of the South to Coatesville?

“I love shrimp and grits and all soul food,” Harkins said. “It elicits happiness and good memories.

“I have happy family memories of enjoying good desserts.”

Harkins said she is a foodie and loves the way food looks.

“You can have an experience with food and you don’t have to travel,” she said. “Everyone can experience, and be creative, with food.

“It’s a great experience when you have a good dish or dessert. It brings people together.”

The Downingtown Senior High School grad adores her hometown is excited to market desserts in her hometown.

“This is a dream come true to open in the town my family resides in and where I was raised,” said the eligibility specialist for an early learning resource center.

Everything is prepared at Trinity Episcopal Church and then sold from a 10-by-10-foot space at the Made in Coatesville Small Business Incubator, at 228 E. Lincoln Highway.

The shop will be open on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 610-466-5590 to place an order or for more information.

You can visit the Facebook site by searching for “The Butter Pecan Café.” For the full unedited article by Bill Rettew visit the Daily Local. Additionally, check out this article about the newest coffee experience for another restaurant update.

Posted by Monica Ferguson

Monica is a senior at West Chester University studying Digital Marketing. She is excited about moving to Chester County and eventually starting her career there after graduation.

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