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Five questions after five years at One Acre Cafe

Sue Guinn Legg • Nov 13, 2018 at 11:06 PM

Michelle Watts has been a member of the staff at One Acre Café since the nonprofit, community restaurant for everyone first opened its doors in 2013.

From her start as cafe administrator through her rise to executive director, the cafe has been Watts’ baby and its staff, volunteers and customers her very large, extended family.

Outside the café, Watts is the mother of a teenage daughter, one dog and three cats. Getting together with friends is how she de-stresses, and her favorite getaway is a quiet beach with good book.

With the café’s five-year anniversary a little more than a week away, the following five questions were made to order.

What is your all-time favorite sandwich and all-time favorite entree at One Acre Café?

“Chef Matt’s Blackened Catfish Po’ Boy” and “Chef Amy’s Roasted Chicken with Red Pepper Cream Sauce.” The first chef at One Acre, Matt Clark, left his culinary career behind after One Acre Café to pursue his interest in computer technology and now works in IT for Kingsport Schools. Chef Amy Stout was the first chef to come through One Acre Café’s work training co-op and has since moved on to Gourmet & Company.

Aside from One Acre Café, what’s your favorite Tri-Cities dining spot?

“Yong Asian House up next to Food City in Gray. Teriyaki Chicken is my favorite dish there. If you like Asian food, they are so good. They’re like my all-time favorite, other than One Acre Café of course.”

What is the greatest lesson you have learned in your five years of work at the nonprofit café?

“People will help you if you ask. But you have to ask.”

“What’s is the most gratifying thing about your work at One Acre Café?

“The volunteers that give so much of their time to help us be successful.”

What is the most difficult part of your work at the café?

“Wanting to do so much more to help and not being able to.”

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