By Travis Mounts
It did not take long for Haysville to get a new breakfast and lunch spot.
Cruse’n Café opened July 15 in the spot that formerly housed the Haysville Diner.
Owner Tammy Cruse is experienced in the food business as the former owner of Marcie’s Café in Goddard (it was called Gerrard’s for years before that). She sold that business back in May and since then has been focused on another family business, Cruse Document Research, a title research business.
Cruse said while she was looking for a new venture, the opportunity to open a new diner in Haysville found her, as well. But to get to this point in the story, we have to back up to the beginning of the year.
Cruse’s former manager at Marcie’s Café asked for some help with The Bar in Haysville. It opened for business on Feb. 1, and happened to share the building with the Haysville Diner.
“Then we decided we weren’t the bar business type of people. We had too much to do,” Cruse said.
She and her husband sold their interest in the bar. Then came news that their landlord wanted to sell the building.
“It came down to possibly losing our investment in the bar or buying the building,” she said.
So they became building owners, taking over the building on July 1. Cruse said she wasn’t able to work out an agreement with Haysville Diner proprietor, Phyllis Rhodes, to keep the Haysville Diner.
“It was time for a change,” Rhodes told the Sun-Times on July 15, the Haysville Diner’s last day.
Cruse closed the diner down for a week for some remodeling, and opened last week with a new name and some old favorites.
“I brought my grandmother’s recipes with me,” Cruse said. “We try to be as much home-cooked as possible.”
That means homemade pies, chicken fried steaks, and fried chicken on Sundays. There will be daily breakfast and lunch specials. Cruse said she still has her smoker, so expect smoked meatloaf, pulled pork brisket.
The hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. She said they are open even a little earlier some days for early birds who are ready for some coffee. The Sunday hours are new, and Cruse said she hopes word spreads that there’s a new option for the Sunday after-church crowd. The diner may eventually add Friday and Saturday evenings to the schedule, but for now the focus is on breakfast and lunch.
Cruse said she’s usually in on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The place is pretty much family run. Helping Cruse are her sister-in-law, Wendy Lea, and Cruse’s daughter, Heather.
Cruse said one of the biggest changes with the new diner is that they now take credit cards. That’s been a big hit with customers so far, she said.
Cruse?n Café is located at 1417 E. Grand.