As we all know, living in a small town, everyone knows all the new things that are going on in the community. One new institution, as we may know, is the new Nana’s Cafe, just right of the Casey’s General Store. Before Nana’s Cafe, the old building was once known as BJ's Ice Cream Shoppe. After the owners retired from the ice cream business, the building then became the home of the American Auto Parts Store. Fast forward to today and you have Nana’s Cafe.
Nana’s Cafe is owned by the Kelly family, and if you live in New Haven or just drive through town, you’d notice that this cafe has been in the works for a little over a year. The cafe finally made its grand opening on November 16, 2019.
When you walk in, you notice that the kitchen is right behind the register, making it open to the whole dining room. As I sat and took in the view of them making people’s meals, I asked the old man sitting across from me if he liked the open concept.
The man said, “I do like getting to see where the magic happens-- plus it’s something else I get to watch while waiting for my food. You can only people-watch for so long.”
Nana’s Cafe serves breakfast all day and serves lunch as well. Here at New Haven High School, we took a vote on what breakfast meal was a fan favorite. The options were their house biscuits and gravy, the other eggs with bacon or sausage, and pancakes with toast. 51% of the students voted on the eggs with bacon or sausage. 49% of students voted on the biscuits and gravy.
We then asked some of the students what they thought about the new cafe.
Student Morgan Branson commented, “I really like the food there. The place is super cute too! It’s a little pricey, but, hey, it’s some pretty good food!”
Lauren Hoerstkamp mentioned, “If you’ve ever watched the TV show ‘One Tree Hill,’ Nana’s Cafe reminds me of Karen’s Cafe from the show! I love going there to get a coffee before school and their breakfast on the weekends is the perfect cure to anything!”
Luke Gerlemann said, “It's a great breakfast place. Very fast with getting the food to you and everyone there is nice.”
If you’re wanting to hear more about this new cafe, go check out Austin Peirick’s Youtube channel “Messin’ With Meats” to see more reviews on Nana’s food!
Welcome to town, Nana’s!