Counting down the days until Restaurant Week? We’re right there with you! While you wait, we have a series of interviews with participating chefs and restaurateurs to keep you entertained. Yesterday, we featured the Academy Ocean Grille, and today we have an exclusive interview with the dream team behind The Box Office Cafe in Chatham - Paul and Jade Schuyler.
What made you want to participate in Restaurant Week this time around?
Our 10 Year Anniversary falls right in the middle of Restaurant Week, so we thought it befitting to celebrate that milestone by participating. And also, we want to show off all the changes we’ve made to our restaurant over this past year. A year back, when we made the decision to shift focus and add a dinner menu to our already successful pizza menu, we knew it was going to be a little disorienting to people — especially those who only really knew us as their place to grab a morning coffee. But most people that have taken this journey with us get the transformation. Everything we’ve ever done here — our commitment and creativity; our passion for food — has led in this direction all along. We want to give everyone the opportunity to experience what we’ve accomplished here.
What has inspired you while planning your Restaurant Week menu?
We’re a year-round business, so a lot of times, winter is about battening down the hatches and getting through it as best you can. Spring is the new beginning. Creativity starts to blossom. We look at our menu and start imagining the energy summer is going to bring. What are we going to change? What flavors do we want to play around with? Not only does Restaurant Week coincide with that exploration, it’s also proven to be an inspiration. We’re being more adventurous with our offerings. We built our reputation on a pizza menu that was bold, eclectic, creative, and just a bit crazy—but also accessible. This time around we’re visiting our dinner menu with that same philosophy. We’re excited about what we’ve come up with, so I think you’ll see most of the menu items we’re offering will stick around for awhile.
What would you say is your most famous dish? Will you be serving it during Restaurant Week?
Most people you ask are probably going to know us for our pizza. And you’ll be able to get that, certainly, during Restaurant Week—but we won’t be adding it to the Prix Fixe menu. That’s the beauty of pizza, it’s almost it’s own Prix Fixe menu to begin with. Especially our “Beetlejuice” Blueberry pizza. It’s an app, an entree and a dessert all in one. So this is really an opportunity for people to branch out and explore other aspects of our menu. Of the dishes we’re offering, the Braised Short Rib Bolognese and our Chicken Piccata Pomodoro have become really popular.
What are you most excited about when it comes to Restaurant Week - new faces? A chance to strut your stuff? Something else?
Just the fact that we’re participating this year is exciting. This will be a new adventure for us, which is kind of our thing. We opened this restaurant on a wing and a prayer, counting on our tenacity and our hard work to carry us through. After 10 years, to hit the refresh button the way we have, it’s like opening the restaurant all over again. There is no certainty to what each day is going to bring, or how people will respond, which is a little scary, but also hugely rewarding. I’ll be the first to admit: we’re a little bit different, and we’re certainly off the beaten path. We’re a hidden gem, and nothing pleases me more than when people discover us and embrace what we do. That, more than anything, is what I’m looking forward to the most. Having new people discover us and realize that someplace special—that place they can call their own—exists.
Wait, did they say “Beetlejuice” pizza!? We’re there!
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