New Bern restaurant struggling to keep doors open


A New Bern restaurant nearly fell victim to the pandemic, but customers of Sweet Pea’s Cafe are trying to stop that from happening.

“It’s not pity. We want Sweet Pea’s to stay open,” said Christopher Clark, a loyal customer of the Trent Road eatery. “They provide great customer service and such a relaxing atmosphere.” 

Clark started a GoFundMe page, which has raised approximately $2,100 of the $35,000 goal over the past two weeks. 

The story of the little restaurant began in 2015 when Karen Miller opened Sweet Pea’s Cafe on Middle Street in downtown New Bern. Two years later, she sold the business to focus on her catering.

Karen Miller reopened Sweet Pea’s Cafe in May 2019. The popular cafe specializes in gourmet desserts, pastries, pies, sandwiches and savory dishes. Sweet Pea’s Cafe is located at 3515 Trent Road in New Bern.

But when the new owners closed the restaurant, Miller decided to reopen in the current location on Trent Road. 

She said she originally sold the downtown location because she could not operate her catering business out of the building. 

When she reopened, she was lucky enough to find a space where she operates both the restaurant and her catering company, the Posh Palate Caterers, which also provides event planning and rental services.


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