Fruit of their labor
Family makes Red Apple Cafe a reality in Hartford

By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News

March 11, 2015

Nik Ibraimi and his wife Lucy talk about the Red Apple Cafe on Tuesday
afternoon at the cafe in Hartford.

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HARTFORD — One of the newest restaurants in the city offers a bright friendly atmosphere and fresh homemade food.

Red Apple Cafe, 625 W. Sumner St., opened Feb. 11 and owner Nik Ibraimi said his family has owned several restaurants in Wisconsin since moving to the United States from Europe.

Ibraimi opened the restaurant with his wife Lucy and their sons, Mike, Udi and Muki help on the weekends.

“It’s the number one thing (family) in this life,” Nik said. Lucy agrees.

“Customers appreciate when they see family working together,” Lucy said.

Nik said he chose Hartford because he thought Hartford was a good-sized city filled with good people.

“There’s a need for a restaurant here,” Ibraimi said.

Apple decorations are seen at the cafe’s serving station.
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Barbara Laabs, executive director of the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce, said Red Apple Cafe is a nice addition to the restaurants in Hartford.

She said she stopped in to welcome the restaurant to Hartford and try some home cooking.

“It’s just an awesome menu,” Laabs said. “They’ve got a great menu selection.”

Ibraimi said breakfast and lunch is served Monday through Thursday and Sunday. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served on Fridays and Saturdays.

He said they offer fresh meats, fresh Angus burgers, gravies, homemade soups, chicken, fresh turkey for sandwiches, and homemade specials like meatloaf, chicken and lasagna.

There is a Friday fish fry and there are prime rib dinner specials on Saturdays.

Customers enter the Red Apple Cafe on Tuesday afternoon in Hartford.
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Breakfast is served all day at Red Apple Cafe and Ibraimi said it’s popular because it is a light meal.

It took about six weeks to renovate the cafe. The walls are painted yellow with an apple wallpaper border at the top. Apple decorations dot the restaurant.

“It’s refreshing and inviting,” Nik said.

Community response has been good since opening, he said.

“We’ll do anything to succeed,” Nik said. “Without people we can’t do it. They’ve been supportive.”

Niksaid he would encourage people to come to the Red Apple Cafe because the golden rule — treat others the way you would like to be treated — is important to them.

“We try to provide the best service with the best food,” Nik said.

“You’re welcome as a family,” Lucy added. “We treat our customers as family.”

The Red Apple Cafe is open from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.