Cafe 121

Note: Due to the rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, the details in this article are subject to change. To stay up to date, visit Cafe 121’s Facebook Page.

In this time of economic hardship, it is more important than ever to support the local businesses that are the backbone of our community. While many businesses have been temporarily closed due to the state-wide stay at home order, some restaurants are still open for take-out orders.

One such restaurant is Cafe 121, our Welcome to Sanford Business of the Week. 

Cafe 121 is a casual New American eatery known for its unique and varied dishes. Currently, Cafe 121 is serving take out daily from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Each day they are serving a selection of starters, salads and sandwiches, as well as special “meal packages” to take home and enjoy with your family. They also have special menus for certain nights such as this menu for this Friday, April 10th. If you would like to order, call 919.774.1888. You can see the current menus on this page of their website.

Owner Chef Hamm was interested in both education and cooking from a young age. After finding success in a recipe contest from Johnson and Wales University, he realized he could make cooking, and culinary education, his career.

After graduating from the culinary arts program at JWU, Hamm began his career in catering, cooking, and culinary education. He taught culinary arts at Lee County High School for 12 years before working with Central Carolina Community College to develop the Central Carolina Culinary Institute as Executive Director.

Hamm continues to teach today, and is the Owner and Executive Chef of Chef Hamm, Inc which owns Cafe 121, The Venue at 121, The Suite at 121 and Libations 139.

Chef Hamm has been involved in the Lee County Community throughout his career, helping to fund-raise for the United Way of Lee County and to cater for community events.

If you are able, make sure to support local restaurants in these coming weeks. You can learn more about Cafe 121 and see the current menus on

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