In 2006 Helen bought the Gateway Café. At the time, it was the Silver Platter. “We live a mile away,” said Helen. “When the former owner’s wife passed, he felt it was time to get out of the business. I wanted a change and the challenge of working for myself. I also wanted to be able to implement my own ideas.” In one week, Helen and her family tore everything out of the kitchen, took it home, and power-washed it. They painted the dining room and the kitchen, and put a new floor in the kitchen. “The kitchen was pink,” she laughed. “We painted it hunter green, to go with the forest idea.” Then Helen orchestrated a smart move. She did a soft opening for every single business owner in Kewaskum and the surrounding area on a Sunday. “We served wine, beer and hors d’orves, and let everyone get an idea what the place would be like. When we opened our doors at 5 AM the next morning, we had customers. “There have always been several restaurants to provide competition for Gateway Café, but the business has always done well.
Gateway is open early for breakfast, and per Helen, the skillet dishes are the most popular choice – in particular, the eggs Benedict skillet. For lunch, open face beef or turkey sandwiches, and of course, burgers, move well. “The fish fry is pretty popular,” said Helen. “I make my own batter for the fish.”
Many things are done by scratch. “We have homemade soups, but like to be little different. Chicken Oscar soup, stuffed pepper soup. Those and others rotate on the menu.” Homemade bread is serviced with homemade jam. There is a nice list of dinner entrees, appetizers, side dishes, pizza, hot and cold sandwiches, and salads, as well as a kids menu. Our kids menu is more extensive than most for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and don’t forget about our Kiddy-sized Fish Fry. For those of you with a sweet tooth, you absolutely have to check out the turnovers as big as your face, and the ice cream from Kelly’s Country Creamery. It falls over the edge of a dinner plate, and you’ll not believe the price on them! “I’m lucky to have my friend, Diane Schneider, making those,” said Helen. “We went to school together and I hadn’t seen her for a long time, but we always had a number of things in common; she was working for the previous owner part time. When I knew I wanted to buy this place, I asked her to come on-board full time. She’s a wonderful cook and baker. We work yhr fish fry together Friday night and we can do it without speaking much, we’re so in sync. Kelly Country Creamer is, I’ve learned, a little gem tucked away on a dairy farm in Eden. Helen gave me a taste of their signature ice cream, made by Kelley, Gateway Glacier. If you don’t care much for ice cream, you’ll be converted. If you love ice cream, please try to leave some for the other customers. (to learn more go to www.kelleycoutrycreamery.com).
Helen’s prior experience included catering too, so it wasn’t’ long before she began to offer catering through Gateway. Her first job was for a country-wide meeting of 45 business people. Again, It was good way to start. “Shortly after that, I had the idea to send letters to all the funeral directors in the area. Someone called and it just snowballed. Now I do catering for all of them. One thing about funerals is getting that much food ready on short notice. I always have ham, turkey, and beef in stock. Although graduation, anniversaries, birthdays, and weddings are generally planned in advance. Helen tries to help out on short notice if she can fit the event in. “If someone wants to eat,” she jokes. “I’ll feed them.” Helen handles most of the catering. She’ll deliver and set up pricing, which Helen feels is very competitive. Four times a year, for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and Mother’s Day, Helen and her staff hustle to put together take-home holiday dinners. These are priced per person, and can be picked up ready-to-serve or heated at home. The restaurant is closed Christmas Day, so that must be purchased in advance. One more fun thing Helen does is host a flea market in her parking lot the last Saturday of the month, May thru Sept, from 8 AM to 3 PM. You can sell your Avon products, antiques, Tupperware, furniture, or rummage, then head in to spend your profits on ice cream!
Gateway Cafe’ is located at 1041 Fond du Lac Ave. in Kewaskum. The phone number is 262-626-2144. They’re open Mon. thru Thurs. from 5:30 am to 7 pm, Friday from 5:30 am – 8pm, Sat. and Sun from 6 am to 2 pm.
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No matter how your day has been either at work or at home, Gateway Café & Catering of Kewaskum, WI can give you a relaxing and enjoyable evening. All of our restaurant services are designed to put your mind at ease and relax you after a long and exhausting day.
We offer everything from carry out services and party trays to restaurant catering and daily specials.
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• Restaurant dine-in services – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Daily restaurant specials - Fish Fry Fridays, etc.
• Homemade cooking
• Restaurant catering services
• Party trays
• Restaurant take out services – Restaurant carry out
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