Off Center Cafe is now Iggy's Cafe
Thursday morning on my way to work, I glanced over at the Off Center Cafe, with happy memories of yummy breakfasts coming to mind. The papered over windows caught me by surprise. What happened!?
Driving over for a look-see, the windows sported a yellow sign that said: "Open again this Friday morning. We're cleaning; really, really cleaning."
The word "clean" front and center on the windows of the Off Center is enough to make anyone perk up and take notice. There were some things I love about Off Center... but pretty much everyone who ever tried the place, especially this year, agreed the conditions were gross. Booths had enough crumbs on/in them to testify to the lack of routine cleaning. Sticky tables. Everything covered in a layer of grease. Don't look up or down, or into corners. Just... don't. We didn't dare think how this translated to the condition of the kitchen.
According to the most recently published restaurant inspection scores, it was worse than we'd let ourselves consider. A score of 70, just one shy of failing, is recorded on 8/11/09. The report for the follow-up on 8/25/09 appears incomplete. I do not know what, if anything, happened more recently.
Whatever it was, though, it's apparently motivated change. As I drove by this morning (the Friday it was to open), it was about 8:30am and the paper was off of one window, but it didn't look open, so perhaps the cleaning continues.
I'm looking forward to giving them a try again; I'd be a happy camper to support the cleaner, reformed ways of my favorite breakfast places in Salem!
Anyone else have any scoop on this issue?