Home-cooked meals with a hometown feel

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Kobe Muller, with Superior Metal, works on finishing the siding of the new Cr-ose Cafe restaurant to be located in Exeter. Jordan Troutman/jtroutman@cassville-democrat.com

Restaurant journeys from seated to food truck, back to seated

A staple of home-cooked meals and familiar conversation in Cassville had been the Cr-ose Cafe until the beginning of this year.

After having to close the doors to the seated restaurant, Cr-ose Cafe Owners Stu and Laveta Crowe, made the decision to try their hand at the food truck industry.

Blake Baldwin, with Rowden Custom Painting, of Exeter, parts the insulation of the newly constructed Cr-ose Cafe building in Exeter. Plans to have the doors open in February are underway. Jordan Troutman/jtroutman@cassville-democrat.com

Laveta Crowe said the food truck was great, but after 14 years of working in restaurants, she wanted to get back to her roots.

“We decided to re-open the restaurant,” she said. “I sold the food truck about three months ago. I was pleased to do it, it was something I had always wanted to do, but it just wasn’t for me.”

Crowe wanted the traditional feel of the restaurant business.

“We looked at many different places in Cassville, but nothing was a good fit,” she said. “So, we decided to go toward Exeter.”

The land was purchased in August, and construction on the new restaurant started swiftly.

“It is a 40-by-60 foot building,” she said. “We plan to seat 55-60 people inside at a time.”

Crowe said the building is about half the size of the one in Cassville, but about the same as her restaurant in Washburn.

“I wanted to get back to that intimate feel,” she said. “I want close interactions and visiting. I know COVID-19 has changed a lot and affected a lot, but we are looking toward when it is over.”

Crowe said the home-town feel of her community is something that drives her.

“Everybody knows everybody,” she said. “I enjoy having people come in and see their friends and family and have good conversation.”

That atmosphere inspired her home-cooked menu, which will stay the same in the new location.

“With the truck, I had to cut it down so drastically because of space,” she said. “I am ready to start making the homemade biscuits and gravy and chicken fried chicken again.”

The hours will also stay the same.

“We will be open seven days a week,” she said. “But, we will stay with the morning and afternoons for now. We may look into doing evenings at some point, but even if we do that, it will only be a night or two a month.”

Based on the conversations Crowe has had since closing her restaurant doors, as well as the food truck, she thinks people are excited.

“We get so much feedback from the public,” she said. “We have always had a loyal following throughout the years, and we hope to see that continue.”

The current goal is to have the doors open at the start of February.

“However, everything depends on the weather,” she said. “We still have so much work to do, and outside, we have sidewalks to pour, which is very dependent on the weather.

“We hope to see customers no later than the end of February.”

Crowe appreciates people’s excitement, and she is just as excited as they are.

“I am ready to get back to work and get back to the lifestyle I have known for 14 years,” she said. “I have learned so much through the restaurant process, and I have worked hard to consistently offer home-cooked meals.”

The new location is 11241 Hwy. 76 in Exeter.

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