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Style · April 16, 2014

Faces of Fauquier: Local food café co-owner’s focus

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“We get a lot of customers who are vegan, gluten-free or who are on the Paleo diet,” says Hidden Julles Café co-owner Adam Lynch.
There are a lot of people trying to preserve the feel here. A lot of the undeveloped land is being placed in easements, which is nice so it won’t be developed . . . . We are more focused on preserving land than other counties.
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Adam Lynch and two of his brothers decided to memorialize their mother, Julie, in a big way. Almost a year ago, they opened Hidden Julles Café, an Old Town Warrenton restaurant named for her.

Nicknamed “Julles,” their mother died eight months prior to the opening.

Focused on local and organic food, they employ some of her recipes at the café, which will mark its first anniversary in May.

“She inspired us to become cooks and be passionate about food. She was a really good cook when we were growing up,” Mr. Lynch said.

The café serves all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner in a cozy atmosphere, steps down from the sidewalk fronting the brick office building at 70 Main St. The brothers buy food from Buckland Farm Market, Whiffletree Farm and Patience Farm, and grow tomatoes using their own rooftop garden.

Adam credits his brother Aaron, who has previous experience restaurant experience in Winchester, with the idea of opening “Hidden Julles.”

Mr. Lynch has lived in Fauquier County off and on since childhood, always returning because, “I like this area a lot. After I left the first time, I always said I wanted to move back and eventually raise a family here. I’m more of a small town person than a city person.”

• Age

• Home
Town of Warrenton

• Work
Co-owner of Hidden Julles Café in Old Town Warrenton with his two brothers, Jacob and Aaron. He helps run the restaurant about 65 hours a week.

• Why you do the job?
This town needed something like this. There wasn’t really a place in Warrenton that had local, organic options. Our customers know what is in the bread, because it’s made right down the street at Great Harvest and Cafe Torino. We get a lot of customers who are vegan, gluten-free or who are on the Paleo diet.

• Family
Brothers, Nathan, Aaron and Jacob; father, Robert, and his new wife, Kathleen.

• Education
Fauquier High School, 1994. James Madison University, 1994 to ’97, studied integrated science and technology. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps, four years of active duty and four years of inactive duty.

• Civic and/or church involvement
Attends the Warrenton Seventh-day Adventist Church.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
My parents moved here when I was 6 years old. I’ve lived here off and on since then.

• Why do you live here?
I like this area a lot. After I left the first time, I always said I wanted to move back and eventually raise a family here. I’m more of a small-town person than a city person.

• How do you describe this county?
Fairly rural, but also upbeat. We are close enough to D.C. that if you have a desire to go the city, you can.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Nothing. I like it here.

• What do you do for fun?
I like to play golf and I play in a band — mostly classic rock music. I like to go to baseball games.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Old Town Warrenton, because of the way it is set up. It is getting more foot traffic than it once did. It’s a vibrant town.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I think it will have a lot of the same. There are a lot of people trying to preserve the feel here. A lot of the undeveloped land is being placed in easements, which is nice so it won’t be developed. Obviously it will get more developed in places, but we have the Piedmont Environmental Council and we are more focused on preserving land than other counties.

• Favorite TV show?
“How I Met Your Mother” and “Game of Thrones.”

• Favorite movie?
“Major League,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Minds” and the Avenger movies.

• Favorite book?
Any books by Dan Brown, John Grisham or Michael Crichton.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Myrtle Beach

• Favorite food?
Eggs Benedict. We make a really good one here at the restaurant.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
My mom read me a poem once and this was her interpretation of it:
You have control of your actions and emotions. Your emotions and feelings are only afforded the power that you give them.

• Who’s your hero and why?
My mom, because of the amount of compassion she showed to people every day. She was selfless. She spent all of her free time giving time to others. She was a volunteer nurse at the Fauquier Free Clinic and volunteered at so many places.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Take a month and play at every golf course I have ever wanted to play at. Start a foundation in my mom’s name for heart disease. Buy a house.

Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• Patricia McMahon Rice turns passion for art into her livelihood.

• Cindy D’Ambro works as “director of first impressions” at LFCC.

• Ginger Hilleary leads local literacy organization.

• Farmers with groundhog problems call Rod Kirkpatrick.

• Horses “retire” to work with Jeanne Blackwell.

• Remington cattle farmer Doug Linton loves his home and work.

• Sports central to Robert Glascock’s life’s work.

• For Richard Mast, company ownership started with his summer work as a teenager.

• Bernice Simpson knows northern Fauquier back roads and the people who live along them.

• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.

• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.

• Shawn LaRue matches children and adoptive families.

• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.

• Becky Crouch greets lots of visitors.

• She helped blaze trail to equality for black teachers.

• Family and food come first for Marshall pizzeria employee.

• Rural “closeness” of Fauquier appeals to Kansas native

• A “spoke” in the wheel of preservation.

• His job dovetails with passion for hunting

• Veteran educator sees the potential in every child.

• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people

• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.

• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.

• He lives and works in a beautiful place.

• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.

• Pretty things everywhere she looks.

• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.

• One day, he might run the company.

• FISH volunteer likes to help others.

• She sees the community’s generosity.

• Cop patrols while most people sleep.

• Pastor a constant in Calverton.

• She keeps the courthouse spotless.

• He loves working working outdoors at the park.

• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

• Library assistant works in a “fun place"

• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton

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darthsmozers · April 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm
Congratulations on your business. My family has not tried it yet, but we would like to soon!
obxbeachbaby · April 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm
Your mother would be very proud of you boys!
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