Area citizens, especially golfers, now have the opportunity to sample freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and more at the Sandwich Factory, located at the Cassville Golf Course.
Francisco and Rosa Rangel, formerly of Branson, moved to the Cassville area and opened their business on April 1.
"I met a golf club member in Branson, and he said they had no facility here," said Francisco. "We came up here and saw it and decided to move here and open it up."
Rangel said business stays busy with the number of summer activities the golf course hosts, as well as the number of daily golfers taking advantage of the weather to hit the links.
"We've provided lunches for a recent golf tournament and are also catering the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheons," he said.
The Rangels have 35 years of experience in the food service industry and owned and operated three Mexican restaurants in California before moving to Missouri. However, the food was customized to appeal to American palates.
"In Mexico, we had no hard taco shells," Rangel said. "Gringos make everything the way they want it. Flour tortillas are delicious, but you won't find them in Mexico.
"Another thought is that all Mexican food is hot," he continued. "It's not. We make things with the same foods you have in America. The jalapeņos, peppers and everything is on the side.
"Chile rellenos, chile verde and enchiladas, that's real Mexican food if it's prepared the right way," Rangel said.
While the Sandwich Factory is not serving a full Mexican menu, Rangel is introducing those foods little by little to his customers.
"I'm planning to have a featured special all week, and then daily choices as well," Rangel said.
The Sandwich Factory offers the American standards, including hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, ham and cheese, turkey and cheese and tuna or chicken salad. All of the above come with the customer's choice of fries, coleslaw, potato salad or a bag of chips.
What the business may become most notable for, however, are the salads.
The Sandwich Factory offers a traditional green salad or chef salad. There is also a grilled chicken salad, which contains lettuce, grilled chicken strips, olives, tomatoes, avocado slices and strawberries, served with raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
"All of my customers like the vinaigrette with the chicken salad. It's very good," Rangel said. "I like it with ranch dressing."
The Sandwich Factory also offers breakfast menu items for the early morning golfers, including egg mulligans and biscuits and gravy.
"We're growing little by little," Rangel said. "People are getting used to us being here. This concession was closed for four years."
After working in both California and Branson, the Rangels are finding the slower pace of life in Cassville a welcome change.
"Branson is crazy," he said. "Tourist season is nuts. This is a big change. Here, it's more consistent traffic. Life here is peaceful."
Rangel said the Sandwich Factory also offers free delivery to Cassville with an order of $12 or more.
"All of our food is made with fresh, quality ingredients," Rangel said. "We also use canola oil for everything we have to fry."
The couple are currently under contract with the golf course from April through October.
"It will depend on the weather," Rangel said. "If there is still good weather and golfing in November, we'll be here."
The Sandwich Factory offers catering services in addition to free delivery.
Business hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. To order, call 847-0035.