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Country Kitchen now BE Hometown Restaurant

February 18, 2018
Katie Mullaly - Register Staff Writer , Faribault County Register

Did you know Blue Earth has a new restaurant?

You may see some new features at Blue Earth's former Country Kitchen location.

That is correct. Country Kitchen is now known as the Blue Earth Hometown Restaurant, a change that will bring local dollars back to Blue Earth, and has hopes of boosting Blue Earth tourism.

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The Country Kitchen Restaurant in Blue Earth has recently changed its name to Blue Earth Hometown Restaurant. The signs on the outside of the building will be changed with the new name in the future. There have been some changes to the menu to reflect more of Blue Earth.

Theresa Bell, current owner of the business, along with long-time manager April Scheid, have put their minds together to create the ultimate Blue Earth eating experience.

According to the two dedicated women, the restaurant has already come up with a brand new menu complete with support from Martin County Pork Producers, as well as some new menu items like the "Basic Buc" and the "Lil Buc" to support the BEA home community. And, for those who are huge fans of unicorns? There's a unicorn pancake.

Guests of Blue Earth Hometown Restaurant will see classic favorites they have seen on the menu, but with local twist and flair.

"We wanted to really keep it central to the area and the midwest," says Scheid. "So we are amping up our menu with home-cooked meals, local flavors, and local products." Did you know Blue Earth has a new restaurant?

You may see some new features at Blue Earth's former Country Kitchen location.

That is correct. Country Kitchen is now known as the Blue Earth Hometown Restaurant, a change that will bring local dollars back to Blue Earth, and has hopes of boosting Blue Earth tourism.

Theresa Bell, current owner of the business, along with long-time manager April Scheid, have put their minds together to create the ultimate Blue Earth eating experience.

According to the two dedicated women, the restaurant has already come up with a brand new menu complete with support from Martin County Pork Producers, as well as some new menu items like the "Basic Buc" and the "Lil Buc" to support the BEA home community. And, for those who are huge fans of unicorns? There's a unicorn pancake.

Guests of Blue Earth Hometown Restaurant will see classic favorites they have seen on the menu, but with local twist and flair.

"We wanted to really keep it central to the area and the midwest," says Scheid. "So we are amping up our menu with home-cooked meals, local flavors, and local products."Blue Earth's Country Kitchen came to town in 1979 and was remodeled in the 90s. Bell took over as the owner in 2012 and has been working since then to amp up the local angle of the restaurant.

"We have some of the greatest workers, including our manager April, who have a lot of heart and are always able to connect with our regular guests," says Bell. "We want to bring that feeling of community back to our restaurant and make this place feel even more local than it already is to better serve our loyal customers who have been here since day one."

"We are going to celebrate Blue Earth as best as we can with the Blue Earth Hometown Restaurant," says Scheid. "Over the years, we've gathered some information on what folks like to eat around here and have tweaked our menu to tap into what our customers really enjoy."

Scheid has worked at the eatery almost her entire life. She began working as a waitress at 16 and after returning from college, was asked to return to the restaurant after Hamilton's Restaurant closed.

"These people are like family to me," says Scheid, who spoke of the kindness of both the staff and customers when grieving the loss of her mother. "These customers and these co-workers really care about our hometown and this restaurant, so it's time to start showing Blue Earth how much we care about them. We want visitors to embrace our hometown and our hometown restaurant."

There are plans in the works to reconstruct the Country Kitchen sign that is still placed out front, but soon enough Scheid and Bell will be unveiling a Blue Earth Hometown Restaurant sign.

Their menu, however, is available to look at and order from right now. Winter hours will be staying the same for now, but come springtime, some change in hours, including being open on Sunday evenings, will come into play.

With so many changes already made, and many more to go, these two working women have put their heart on their sleeves and rolled them up to get working on a new marketing concept to hopefully bring in a new influx of touring customers.

"Our location is fantastic for visiting families who will want to visit the Green Giant, and we have always had a supportive trucker base come visit," says Scheid. "We are hoping to see that customer base grow as our town grows."

With Bomgaars making their debut, as well as the Green Giant Museum and Visitor's Center in the works, Bell and Scheid see this as an opportunity to remarket not only their business, but the entire Blue Earth community.

Dig in, Blue Earth. You now have your very own hometown restaurant.

 
 

 

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