Once upon a time, owners Paul and Jade Schuyler lived very different lives, toiling in the trenches of Los Angeles; he as a director, she as an actress. They met at the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse, studying under master teacher Milton Katselaes. As is often the case with directors and actresses, mutual creative passion blossomed into something more, and before you could say lights, camera, an action they were hard at work on the most important production of their lives: their son Quinn. So successful was this production, he was followed quickly by a sequel: their son Shaw.
Now, LA is a great city, but not exactly the place you think of first to raise kids. With that in mind, Paul and Jade decided for a change of scenery. An opportunity to return to the East Coast—to Jade’s hometown—presented itself and they jumped at the chance. In April of 2005, they opened The Box Office Cafe in South Chatham, serving up the best coffee and baked goods around.
Not content with staying small, the two quickly expanded the menu to include sandwiches, and then pizza. Their intent was to offer something a little different, an alternative to summer fried seafood and pub fare that make up so much of the dining on Cape.
In 2012, they partnered with chef Diane Lipinski to create a full dinner menu; one that could compete with the finest dining in the area, but hold true to their eclectic, kick-back vibe. With Diane on board, Paul and Jade could finally make real the promise of what The Box Office could be.
But even though creating magic in the kitchen takes up most of their time, their dream of making movies has not diminished. Since their return, they have made a commercial for The Box Office Cafe (shot to look like a summer blockbuster horror movie), as well as the touching and funny short BOMB, which played at the 2007 Woods Hole Film Festival.
In between throwing pizzas and baking granola, they’re writing a feature film which they plan to shoot in and around Chatham in the near future.