“Patricia’s Delicious Café” is open for business inside the Northwest Branch of the Dayton Metro Library. Serving coffee, snacks, sandwiches and breakfast items, the café hours are Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours will be added soon. The Northwest Branch Library is located at 2410 Philadelphia Drive, 45406.
Patricia Rucker is the owner/operator of Patricia’s Delicious Café. She says her passion for the culinary industry is in her DNA.
“My dad, Luther Rucker, was a chef at the Dayton Engineers Club and my mom, Minnie Rucker, started out as a pastry chef,” Rucker says. “They met at a restaurant called Goody Goody’s, which was on Salem Avenue, not that far from the Northwest Branch Library.”
Rucker has been a caterer for more than 10 years. She studied Culinary Arts at Sinclair, and in recent years she has participated and won the Ambucs Chili Cook Off and the Chili Cook Off at Central State West in 2019. So far, the most popular items at her Library café have been the breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and smoothies.
“I enjoy meeting new people daily, and I am delighted to have so many repeat customers,” says Rucker. “It is always a pleasure to meet and greet children who are excited to see me here. It is an honor and a blessing to have been chosen to have Tricia’s Delicious Café here at the Northwest Library.”