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Ex-Mothers chef opens City Fare Cafe downtown

Missy Conroy was already working at Mothers when Matt Conroy first came through the door.

They weren't the first couple to meet there, but they've been married 17 years now. Now they've opened their first restaurant together, and the former chef and server have created City Fare Café, at 483 Main St.

The former Christian Science reading room now serves up breakfast and lunch. "We love the space, and knew we wanted to do something during the day, flip our schedules around," Missy Conroy said.

Sandwiches, soup, chili, sure but a little nicer. A quick high-quality lunch is the aim, she said. "We're just doing things we'd like to eat," she said.

Hot sandwiches and creative healthy options are places the menu stands out, she said. The Hungry Hungry Hipster salad, with kale, apples, dates, figs and manchego cheese with maple-mustard vinaigrette ($8.50) is an example.

Or maybe a meat-eater and Chicago Italian beef fan would like to tuck into Da Coach, with sliced beef, giardiniera, roasted sweet peppers and jus on a Luigi's roll ($8.50).

Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. Phone: 907-5600.

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