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California comes to Marion

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DETAILS: One of the stained glass lamps which hang throughout Georgie’s Red Roof Cafe at the corner of Sixth and Branson streets.
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THE RED ROOF: The name, Georgie’s Red Roof Cafe, celebrates the distinctive red metal roof of the building at Sixth and Branson streets in Marion. Georgie’s is getting ready to open this spring.
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MEET GEORGIE: Georgeann Saska, the namesake of Georgie’s Red Roof Cafe, behind the counter at the soon-to-open restaurant. The cafe has been in the works since Saska purchased the building in 2015.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

Two California sisters are getting ready to welcome the Marion community into their cafe this spring.

Georgie’s Red Roof Cafe sits on the outskirts of downtown at the intersection of Sixth Street and Branson Street in the building that used to house Sharon’s Restaurant.

Georgeann Saska, also called Georgie, bought the building in 2015 with the goal of opening a new restaurant after their family restaurant of 64 years in Mission Beach, California, had to close.

“She’s been the driving force,” said Georgie’s sister Mary Saska.

The sisters are hoping to mix their West Coast roots with comforting breakfast and lunch staples like waffles, french toast, burgers, sandwiches and omelettes.

The menu will also feature seafood such as saltwater fish, mussels and crab, and other California-inspired elements like avocado.

“We’re hoping to bring something in, a new flavor profile, from our restaurants in San Diego,” Mary said.

“It’s a lot of food I like to eat and a lot of food my sister likes to eat that we want to present to the people of Marion,” Georgie said.

The sisters hope to create a warm, comforting environment for restaurantgoers.

“Like coming back to your parents’ house,” Georgie said.

Mary said the family restaurant back in San Diego, called Saska’s, served a small, close-knit beach community.

“We’re praying that Marion will accept us and appreciate what we are going to bring in,” Georgie said.

The cafe stood empty for years. Georgie found the building online and bought it because of its proximity to downtown.

“This building brought us to Marion,” Georgie said.

Georgie and Mary have been working to restore and renovate the place, recovering the old booth seats, for example, and redoing the kitchen and seating areas.

They’ve chosen to highlight the place’s distinctive red roof in the name of the cafe.

“You can see (the red metal roof) from everywhere,” Georgie said.

The food is made fresh, and Georgie and Mary have sourced their supplies from local vendors whenever possible.

The Saskas said they are eager to share their food with the community but haven’t set a firm opening date yet. The restaurant is also still hiring staff.

Community members can keep up with Georgie’s on their Instagram account or call the restaurant with any inquiries at 765-573-6381.