GALVA — A new sign has been put up where the old Hungry Mann’s Cafe used to be, at 220 US-56 in Galva. The popular dining spot is now named 56 Family Restaurant.
Owner Diane Hoard was pleased with how Terri Mann, previous owner of the building, did a great job with the building so she decided to keep adding to the success.
“I saw an opportunity for growth here. Terri (Mann) has done a fantastic job of taking care of the place and I wanted to expand on that,” she said.
Since the closing of Perkins in February of this year, where Hoard was a manager and then spent her time working as a cashier at Dillons part-time, she said she was ready to get back in the groove of things.
“I’m pretty excited about this. I’ve missed the interaction with the guests. I’ve been in this business since I was technically 11-years-old — it’s what I was meant to do,” she noted.
Since moving from manager of a chain restaurant to owner of a family-owned place, Hoard is ready to make her own decisions.
“The fact that the building is ours and we don’t have to answer to the corporate structure and we get to make the decisions and decide on the menu and decide on how things are operated — it’s great. It’s not dictated by anyone except the customer and what they want,” she said.
Hoard was thrilled when staff from Hungry Mann’s Cafe and those from Perkins were able to work together to provide tip top service.
“We were very fortunate to retain many of our former employees that are coming to work for us part-time. The staff that was here at Hungry Mann’s is staying on and we feel very blessed to have them with their knowledge of the people they are familiar with for our existing guests and those who will come in new to us,” she noted.
56 Family Restaurant was a brainstorming process for the restaurant’s new name. But Hoard knew it was the right one.
“Well,” she laughed. “We’re right on Highway 56 and I started brainstorming through this one day and I was thinking about Across 56 Highway and it just came to 56 Family Restaurant,” she said.
Those driving past the sign will have to pay close attention as there are small details within it.
“There’s a cross at the top of the six and the five and the six wind together,” she said.
Their hours will be from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and closed on Sunday.
The restaurant has also gotten a face lift to be able to offer full-service style.
“Previously when you came in, you would order at the counter then the food was delivered to you. We will be full-table service with a full menu and guests can sit down and the server will come take your order. The front entrance has changed dramatically to create more of a little lobby in that area. We’ve moved some tables around and we’re hoping to add a round table in here — people love a round table,” she said. With the new changes, the restaurant will be able to sit around 72 to 80 guests.
“We wanted to create a comfortable environment for everyone,” she said.
As for their menu, it won’t be your ordinary comfort food.
“We will be offering a full-service menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, we will have evening specials like maybe lasagna, sea food Alfredo, maybe steak and shrimp, salmon — those types of things. It’s a little different than your comfort food so to speak. It’s been a creative process but it’s been fun for us to try something different,” she said.
Hoard has been in the restaurant industry since she was 11-years-old and has her parents to thank for that.
“My mom and dad had a restaurant in a very small town in Minnesota. I started working for them and I remember that I was upset I couldn’t watch Saturday morning cartoons,” she laughed. “But then I moved from one restaurant to another and I ended up in that corporate structure and remained there until I got here, I’m very thankful for that,” she said.
For more information, call the restaurant at 620-654-3500.
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