The up-and-coming Georgie’s Red Roof Café, on the corner of 6th and Branson St., is on the brink of officially opening its doors to introduce high-quality, West Coast-inspired cuisine. The restaurant is owned and operated by sisters, Georgeann and Mary Saska, both of whom have 20+ years of restaurant experience. The Saska family owned and operated Saska’s, a quintessential American steakhouse and seafood eatery in San Diego, California, for over 50 years. In 2015, Saska’s was purchased by a new owner and not only did the restaurant begin changing, but their former hometown of Mission Beach was rapidly changing due to new cultural trends and high cycles of tourism. Georgeann wanted something different and was drawn to the life and culture of Indiana. That same year, she purchased 525 S. Branson St., which once housed Sharon’s Restaurant & Smoky’s BBQ, and relocated to Marion, Indiana with her son and daughter.
“We already wanted to move to Indiana, but it was this building that actually got us to Marion,” Georgeann said. She said she liked the building because it was close to Downtown, Marion.
Prior to opening up the restaurant, Georgeann worked at Sirloin Stockade, 9th Street Café, and Payne’s Restaurant to learn more about the food culture and eating habits among Grant County residents.
When people ask Georgeann why she relocated from San Diego, CA to Marion, Indiana, she always responds: “Why not Marion?”
For the past 4 years, Georgeann worked hard to remodel the building: gutting the inside, removing debris, pulling up carpet, tearing down walls, painting, building furniture, etc. In 2017, Georgeann’s sister, Mary, joined her. While Georgeann leads the kitchen, Mary takes care of the front end of the restaurant and enjoys participating actively in the community and serving as a community liaison. Mary exclaimed that the Marion community has been exceedingly welcoming and helpful. She cited from removing a blighted property behind their building to repainting the posts in their parking lot, the city and county administrations have been responsive to their needs.
Georgie’s Red Roof Café is still in its soft opening stage, but has plans for a Grand Opening shortly.
The sisters have both revitalized a blighted and vacant property as well as introduced high-quality cuisine to Marion.
Grant County Economic Growth Council