Reed City business expands to Evart

Omelet: Richard Pemberton, one of the owners of All American Cafe in Evart, prepares the 'Kitchen Sink' omelet on a flat-top grill. Pemberton and co-owner Shari Holben expanded their restaurant business from Nestle Inn Cafe in Reed City. (Herald Review photo/Karin Armbruster)
Omelet: Richard Pemberton, one of the owners of All American Cafe in Evart, prepares the ‘Kitchen Sink’ omelet on a flat-top grill. Pemberton and co-owner Shari Holben expanded their restaurant business from Nestle Inn Cafe in Reed City. (Herald Review photo/Karin Armbruster)

EVART — Two local business owners have expanded their popular cafe and are serving a variety of classic American dishes sure to fill hungry stomachs of the community.

Alpena natives Richard Pemberton and Shari Holben co-own the Nestle Inn Cafe in Reed City, but wanted to expand. They found the perfect place next door in the City of Evart.

“We took one look at it and really enjoyed the location and how the building was set up,” Holben said.

All American Cafe, located at 806 W. 7th St., opened in mid-July. Already, the response has been completely positive from both customers and fellow business owners, coming in to offer their support and try an item or two from the simple menu.

“It’s fun owning a restaurant,” Pemberton said. “It’s work, but it’s been a lifelong dream.”

The pair said they enjoy cooking, interacting with customers and restaurant life in general.

“We love what we do. It’s fun to create menus, going into new communities and meeting new people,” Holben added. “We’re thankful that Evart has welcomed us with open arms.”

The restaurant offers a selection of breakfast items all day, including omelets, pancakes, french toast, homemade sausage gravy over biscuits and a large variety of side dishes. For lunch, diners can indulge in hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, hamburgers and hot dogs. A children’s menu is available and the business offers homemade pies, turnovers and cookies as well.

“Customers can expect a friendly hello, a warm and friendly atmosphere, good service and very good food,” Pemberton said.

Back in Reed City, Pemberton’s son is running Nestle Inn Cafe. While Pemberton and Holben will keep tabs on their first restaurant, most of their time will now be spent at the All American Cafe.

Evart residents Brian and Tina Laesser stopped into the restaurant to enjoy breakfast with their daughter, LaCroix. The couple said they were thrilled to see the cafe open.

“Nestle Inn is our favorite place for breakfast, so we were really happy when the owners opened a place here,” Tina said.

The couple said the quality of the food and customer service keeps them returning again and again.

Though enjoying making customers happy in the new establishments, Pemberton still looks toward future possibilities.

“I would like to see us expand again in about three years, and keep expanding,” he said.