Play Cafe in Hampden on the market

The owners of Play Cafe in Hampden are searching for a buyer as one of the two partners prepares to move overseas.

Kathy Schott and Ryan Sterner opened Play Cafe at 3400 Chestnut Ave. in 2015, catering to Baltimore parents and their young children with a kid-friendly menu and play space.

Sterner is leaving the business to move with his family to Geneva, Switzerland, where his wife recently accepted a job. Schott said she would consider staying on board at the cafe if the perfect partner came along, but otherwise plans to sell it as soon as possible.

Schott and Sterner are asking $100,000 for the turnkey business, which would include the furniture, equipment, decorations, branding and menu. They said their landlord would be willing to work with a new owner to continue the terms of their lease.

Schott said Play Cafe has become a staple for many Baltimore families, and she would like to see a new owner continue the concept.

“We love the cafe and are very proud of it, and it’s very important in a lot of people’s lives so we would just like to see it continue,” Schott said.

The 2,000-square-foot cafe has 36 seats, as well as outdoor seating for about 20 people. The front of the restaurant is dedicated to dining, with a play area in the rear.

The owners are looking to sell Play Cafe before December — its busiest month.


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