New eatery to help cancer patients

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Pink Ribbon Cafe CEO Kara Wagner, left, and Leon Waller from Phillip’s Printing Company scrape off the window sign Friday at 411 N. Main Street in Tarboro.


Staff Writer

Monday, January 22, 2018

TARBORO — A former U.S. Marine is opening a new eatery in Tarboro and using the restaurant as a way to help people who are dealing with a disease that has killed millions of people.

Myron McCutcheon is the owner of the Pink Ribbon Cafe, which is set to open on Feb. 23 at 411 N. Main St. in downtown Tarboro. The Pink Ribbon Cafe will take the place of the former Addie’s Main Street Cafe in the location. 

McCutcheon said he has signed a five-year lease with the owner of the building to operate the Pink Ribbon Cafe in the location. He said the menu will consist of breakfast and lunch dishes such as breakfast wraps and sandwiches in the morning, while lunch will feature what he called the “Pink plate” in which there will be a different meal that will be the main course Monday through Friday.

Through feedback on social media, McCutcheon said, the Pink Ribbon Cafe will have brunch Sundays and family nights from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays. McCutcheon said the Pink Ribbon’s Cafe dining room will seat 64 people, and there is a banquet/conference room next to the dining room. 

The restaurant will start off employing eight to 10 people, McCutcheon said. Several people on Friday were filling out applications and being interviewed by Kara Wagner, CEO of the Pink Ribbon Cafe. McCutcheon added people looking for work can come to the restaurant from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for employment opportunities. McCutcheon’s aspirations are to make Pink Ribbon Cafe a franchise.

“I’m hoping if the site works well that six months to a year from now, I will try to push this to the bigger cities like Raleigh and Charlotte,” McCutcheon said. “But certainly Tarboro will be the headquarters or birth place of the cafe.”

However, McCutcheon, who runs a couple other small businesses in Jacksonville where he was stationed at in the military at Camp Lejeune and currently lives there until he can find a home in Tarboro, isn’t just about to start another local business in the Twin Counties.

McCutcheon said the primary cause behind starting the Pink Ribbon Cafe is to raise awareness of cancer and financially help people going through cancer treatment who are struggling to pay for expenses such as water bills, electric bills and other neccessary bills. 

Cancer is something that’s personal to McCutcheon, who lost both of his parents to the disease. McCutcheon said he remembers how tough it was on his mother and father financially to take care of their bills while going through their cancer treatments. He also watched how the cancer took away their appetites, which led to other serious complications.

“What we plan to do here is along as the restaurant is doing well, half of the proceeds we get here is going back to help cancer patients in the Tarboro community that need help with their bills like their electric bill, water bill, car payment or other bills,” he said. “We want to take the pressure off, so they can focus on their treatment and focus on their recovery. This is all about people eating good food at affordable prices, enjoying each other’s company and at the same token, people knowing when they buy off our menu that half of their bill is going back to help those in need. We feel like it’s the community helping the community.”

McCutcheon said he remembers a time when his mother received first-class treatment from Vidant Oncology in Tarboro when she was having different complications from breast cancer. He added the staff continued to call and check up on her when she went home to Jacksonville. McCutcheon said he’s happy to know Vidant is in the process of building a new cancer center.

“The town is giving a 100 percent support to the cafe,” McCutcheon said. “The main thing we’re trying to achieve is give people more knowledge about cancer and to intervene to help people in need because we don’t want to have people buried in bills.”