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Justin Schlesener of Deshler and Bryce Robinson of Hubbell have been working hard to get the restaurant ready.
Cooking will be done by Robinson, who originally hails from South Africa and lists an impressive resume of restaurant and hospitality work.
“I have two degrees in culinary arts. I am a Cordon Bleu qualified chef. I have been working a lot of high class facilities, seven star boutique hotels,” Robinson said in a recent interview. “And big, five star game reserves.”
Because they are anxious to get the café up and running right away, it will open with a somewhat limited menu to begin with, but that menu should expand.
“I’m playing on the fusion right now. We’re going to do a kind of around the world sort of deal.” Robinson also assured, “”We’ll have the basket items, like the hamburgers and hot dogs and tater tots for the kids.”
“When it comes down to steaks, we’re going to do different cuts of meat. So it’s going to be bigger portions, but yet affordable. We want to get the people interested in something different.”
Even bigger changes are in the works for the other side of the business. Robinson was adamant, “We are not doing the bowling alley.”
Instead, plans are afoot to install a dance floor with a stage for live music and a full bar.
“I’m going to be running the bar,” Schlesener said. “I’ve got 15 plus years in the bar business.”
A great deal of renovation will be required. The pair hopeful they can open the dance floor up by the end of the year.
Business hours and open days have not been decided yet, they plan on serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The new name for the café will be “Almaes,” which is the combination of the names of the children of the owners.
Normal hours will be; Monday-Thursday 6am-2pm/4pm-9pm & Friday-Sunday 6am-2pm/4pm-10pm.