BY MAUREEN WERTHER
Country Corner CafÃ© on Church Street in Saratoga Springs is celebrating its 25th year, and owner Roseann Hotaling couldn’t be happier with the business she has created.
In 1991, she opened the 19-seat cafÃ©, catering to the early morning working crowd. The mother of a three-year old and a kindergartener, Hotaling managed to arrive at the cafÃ© by 5 a.m. and open the doors for business at 6 a.m. By 8 a.m., she would change and head over to her full-time job as director of food service for the Saratoga Springs City School District.
This routine lasted for 14 years, and in 2005 Hotaling made the decision to leave the school district and devote her energy full-time to the cafÃ©. She opened a second location on High Rock Avenue in Saratoga Springs.
Two and a half years after opening the High Rock location, Hotaling was offered the opportunity to expand the Church Street location and jumped at the chance. The additional space tripled the seating capacity. For the next couple of years, she was, in effect, running three businesses–the original cafÃ©, the expanded dining room next door, and the High Rock location.
Although the High Rock cafÃ© was equally successful, “things just got too crazy,” said Hotaling. When the lease expired there, she did not renew. She focused on the expanded Church Street business.