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Café 8 in Mesa Listens to Gluten-Free Customers

When one of the young dancers from the next-door studio wandered into Café 8 in Mesa, and announced that she couldn't eat gluten, Tracey Chaker gave her one of the gluten-free cupcakes out of the display case.

"The next day, she came back, tugged on my chef's jacket, and said, 'I never thought I could have another cupcake, and that was the best cupcake I ever had,'" Chaker said. "She said, 'Can you make me something else?' So I made chocolate-chip cookies."

Café 8, a tiny, family-owned gem with a handful of tables, wasn't envisioned as a gluten-free Mecca. But it is now.

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Judith Nichols