A new restaurant located at 513 West Highway 54 in Vandalia is opening with many fond memories from the past.
Owners Barry and Marlene Fischer will be welcoming old and new customers to a familiar place that will be called “The Country Cupboard.”
New kitchen equipment, tables, chairs, and ceiling fans are some of the many upgrades. New paint throughout will also add to the overall look and feel of the restaurant.
The Fischers and their staff, along with close friends have spent countless hours working to get the cafe ready for business.
Formerly “The Rose” and “Heritage Cafe,” Marlene has been working in the same building since 1999.
A majority of the staff that worked in the other two restaurants have stuck around and will be working with the Fischers.
Customers can expect homemade cooking, pies, cobblers, plate meals, deli sandwiches, hand breaded tenderloins, and catfish.
On Sundays, there will be weekly specials such as pan fried chicken and ham steak.
Hours of operation Monday-Wednesday will be 5 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday will be 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday hours will be 5 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The Country Cupboard will also be available for catering, family events, anniversaries, birthdays, and private events.
A long tradition that will be kept up is the free Thanksgiving Day dinner. Donations for the meal are greatly appreciated. All money collected from the meal will be donated to a local charity.
Posted on the front of the menu is their slogan, “Always a warm welcome,” which is the kind of atmosphere the Fischers want to provide.
“We get attached to our customers here and when one passes away, we all cry. We like our customers,” Marlene Fischer said.