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Restaurant and bakery opening in Bowman Center

Kelly Hunt’s chocolate-covered-strawberry cheesecake.

A bakery and cafe will open in a few weeks in Spotsylvania County’s Bowman Center.

Kelly Hunt is making final preparations for her Mason-Dixon Cafe & Baking Co. at 3318 Bourbon St. Hunt’s husband, Nick, who is the boathouse manager at Hope Springs Marina in Stafford County, will help run the business. It will be in the former location of Nino’s Pizza Place, which has moved to Port Royal.

Hunt was born and raised in Fredericksburg, where her stepfather owns the Corky’s military surplus store. She has worked in restaurants for almost 25 years. For the past three years she worked at Wegmans as a chef and team leader at the store’s popular seafood bar. She studied culinary arts at the Art Institute of Washington.

Hunt’s cafe will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, serving breakfast and lunch and offering beer and wine. She will try to meet the needs of Bowman Center employees, offering quick and affordable items including gourmet hot dogs, sandwiches, soups and salads.

She’ll also sell a variety of homemade dessert items for eat-in or take-out, including cupcakes and her specialty cheesecakes.