Caraway Cafe and Market



Tony Wiggins and Robin McArthur, the owners of Caraway Café, had one of those chance meetings that set into motion an idea both had shared for years. A friend had introduced Tony and Robin and they quickly found that opening a restaurant was the dream they both shared. This would have been easy to understand from Robin’s experience as a trained Chef, having worked at one of the leading restaurants in Charleston, no one would have guessed that it was also Tony’s dream.

Tony, a CPA, had always wanted to own his own small business and approached Robin with his idea. The business plan was created by both and presented to Coastal Bank. Coastal Bank was impressed with the desire and knowledge Tony and Robin both brought to the table and asked the SBAC to help by packaging a SBA Low Doc loan. An additional RLFD loan from the City of Savannah was also needed for a portion of the funding. Stephen George of SBAC met both Tony and Robin, put the package together and Coastal Bank submitted the request to the SBA. Approval soon followed from both the SBA and the SBAC loan committee and then Tony set about transforming a former small restaurant, on Paulsen and 66th streets into the Caraway Café. After many weeks of hard labor, Tony and Robin opened Caraway Café.

Caraway Café specializes in gourmet take out with a daily rotating menu. Open for lunch and dinner 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. M-F and till 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, customers can eat in the Café or take their order home and have a wonderful dinner that is like no other take out they have ever tasted. The Café has become very popular with the area hospital staff and draws customers from Ardsley Park, Kensington Park and downtown workers who zip in to grab a take out on their way home. They have become so popular that the hours have been extended and Saturday has been added. Now it is easy to say, “Tonight, I’ll do the cooking.”