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Locals keep it local

Viola’s Café, started by hometown duo, focuses on fresh

Owners and couple Cindy Therrault, an interior designer, and Scott MacPherson, veteran music producer/engineer, said they had been dreaming of opening up their own café for years, especially after getting fed up with their chain-heavy neighborhood. Viola’s Cafe, located inside the Monte Mario Motel at 947 New Loudon Road, offers fresh farm-to-table food.

Owners and couple Cindy Therrault, an interior designer, and Scott MacPherson, veteran music producer/engineer, said they had been dreaming of opening up their own café for years, especially after getting fed up with their chain-heavy neighborhood. Viola’s Cafe, located inside the Monte Mario Motel at 947 New Loudon Road, offers fresh farm-to-table food. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— A harmonious treat for foodies has snuck its way into Latham’s busy Route 9 corridor, sandwiched between motels and car dealerships, for a taste of something far apart from fast-food fare: fresh, farm-to-table food.

Viola’s Café, located inside the Monte Mario Motel at 947 Loudon Road, officially opened its doors Monday, July 15, and aims to supply the area with homemade, locally-grown breakfast and lunch.

Owners and couple Cindy Therrault, an interior designer, and Scott MacPherson, veteran music producer/engineer, said they had been dreaming of opening up their own café for years, especially after getting fed up with their chain-heavy neighborhood.

“It was frustrating for us. We just couldn’t find any restaurants. Every time we’d go out to eat, it was a disappointment,” MacPherson said.

The artistic couple both grew up in Colonie, MacPherson attending Shaker High School and Therrault at Watervliet High School, and spent the majority of their lives out of the area, including time in L.A. and New York City. The once high school sweethearts separated for college, lived their own busy lives and eventually relocated to Loudonville, where they rekindled and reconnected.

The two discussed their passion for food and their plans to open their own eatery.

“Food is like music. You need a harmony to the things to complement each other. Creating music, interior designing, creating food, all need harmony,” Therrault said. “Same process, different avenue.”

So the search for their own café began. The two spent a couple of years finding the right spot in terms of space and cost. This past March, MacPherson told Therrault of a space for rent in the Pennysaver and with a little work, knew the space would be just right.

“It was a little bit of a wreck, but with my design background and expertise I thought, ‘I could make this pretty, that’s not a problem.’ It just needed some TLC,” Therrault said.

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