Country Cookin’ Café is ready for business in its new location.
Country Cookin’ has been in the capable hands of Rogelio Coronado for 11 years at its location on Fifth Street across from the Standing Bear Trail Head. On Monday, Coronado cooked his last meals at the old location and opened up shop in the Eighth Street building that was once home to Aunt Mary’s Center on Tuesday morning.
Coronado purchased the building at an auction back in August of last year and has been working on the transition ever since.
The new space is a lot bigger than the old location, which means it can fit more customers. That’s good news, Coronado said, because they’ve been busy. Their parking lot has been full and hungry patrons have been parking across the street to get their favorites like the farmer's omelet, the hot beef or the western omelet.
“A lot of regulars,” Coronado said. “Most of them are my customers from the other place. They've been coming around here. There's some people who have been waiting for the opening.”
They’ve seen a lot of new faces, too, he said. Their old location was tucked around the corner where Fifth and Perkins streets meet, but now, Country Cookin' is in a fairly high traffic location, right near downtown along Court Street.
There’s still some work to do, Coronado said. The old coin-operated pool tables will be going out and they’ll be doing some work on the extra space in the back and upstairs, but he said he’s excited about having space for people to rent out.
“It's going to be an area for private parties,” he said regarding the back room. “Events, small banquets. Even upstairs. We can have all kind of events.”
Coronado said he doesn’t miss the old place, but even though they’re in a new building, he said there are some traditions they’re keeping.
The menu is the same, he said. They’ll still be whipping up breakfast and lunches like they did at the old location, although they’re open from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. on weekdays now.
Plus, Coronado said the whole staff came with him during the transition.
“Everybody,” he said. “We moved all together. All the workers are here, cooks and everybody.”
The new Country Cookin’ Café is located at 111 S. Eighth St. in Beatrice and is open from 6 in the morning until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, then from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.