Weekly Feature



2012-05-23 / Business

Apple Wood Cafe features modern, creative menu

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor


Becky and Mike Morgan are owners of Apple Wood Cafe and Catering, 5385 Main St., near South Long Street, Williamsville. The menu features an assortment of modern items. 
Photo by Jim Smerecak Becky and Mike Morgan are owners of Apple Wood Cafe and Catering, 5385 Main St., near South Long Street, Williamsville. The menu features an assortment of modern items. Photo by Jim Smerecak Simple and modern — two aspects that new restaurant owners Mike and Becky Morgan want their customers to experience.

At Apple Wood Cafe and Catering, 5385 Main St., near South Long Street, Williamsville, the menu features an assortment of salads, entrees, and flatbread and club sandwiches as well as desserts.

“So far, it’s been really good for us,” Mike Morgan said. “We’ve had a lot of people here for dinners.”

The husband and wife team had been wanting to open their own restaurant, and when they realized there was a vacancy in a Main Street storefront, they jumped at the opportunity.

Apple Wood opened its doors to the public on May 8 after the Morgans took ownership in March.

“We had been looking for a place for a while,” Morgan said. “We wanted to have lunches where it can be simple, yet creative.”

A graduate of Alfred State University’s culinary school, Morgan was a chef at a local restaurant for several years, while his wife is a teacher who graduated from D’Youville College and earned her master’s degree from Canisius College.

“We thought it would be great to have our own restaurant,” Becky Morgan said. “We really love it. The village has been extremely welcoming to us.”

Mike Morgan said that in addition to allowing customers to dine at the restaurant, the business offers drop-off catering, local delivery or takeout meals.

“We are capable of catering larger functions for businesses or family parties,” he said.

Morgan said all of the meals are made fresh using local ingredients, and many of the items are seasonal.

“A creative item we offer is a soft-shell crab BLT,” he said. “I like to have things available that are in this season.”

He said the name of the restaurant actually was derived from one of his favorite ingredients: apples.

“We noticed that the place has hardwood floors throughout it, and apples are something I really enjoy cooking with,” Morgan said. “Apple Wood just seemed like a good name for a local cafe.”

The restaurant, which is equipped with wireless Internet for customers, is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day to accommodate people who work different shifts.

“People have different schedules, and we try to work around them,” Morgan said. “People should stop in and see what we have — even if it’s just for a cup of coffee.”

For more information about the restaurant, visit www.applewoodcafe.com or call 630-5950. email: kdepriest@beenews.com

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