The Kelley's are not strangers to business management since they owned and operated a horse boarding business in Colorado where they managed 40 horses. Debbie Kelley managed the majority of the business since her husband was on the Denver police force. She has always been involved in the service industry in one form another. When she was younger she was a waitress, then worked in the hotel/motel management industry, then was a flight attendant prior to meeting her husband. She will also be the driving force behind the Aurelia Cafe.
Originally the couple tried to buy the building which had been an ice cream parlor last year but plans fell through when the owner had already leased the building after moving to Tennessee.
Then when the Kelley's were returning from a trip to Colorado over a three day weekend earlier this fall, they decided to give it another try since now the building was up for sale. During the ten hour drive they devised a plan and set the wheels in motion. They purchased the building in mid October and just six weeks later they opened for business this week.
The cafe is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. with grill closing at 2 p.m. on Monday through Friday. On Saturday they are open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Customers will find a delicious breakfast menu that includes breakfast basics such as pancakes and eggs and the classics like biscuits and sausage gravy. They also have omelets and side order choices.
For lunch they offer soups and salads along with sandwiches ranging from burgers to chicken, fish and pork. Add a side order of onion rings, French fries, or cheese balls and you have the makings of a good meal. Top off the meal with pie and ice cream and great cup of coffee and you will leave completely satisfied that you got a good meal at a great price with friendly service. If your too busy to sit and enjoy they also have take out available by calling 712-434-5516.
When the Kelleys were looking into a business, they wanted to find something that people wanted or needed. They found that people in Aurelia needed a place to have breakfast. Kelley says they do not intend to compete with their friends who own Studebakers, leaving the dinner hours to them, but they will share the lunch hours. They want to complement the community not compete.
Since the cafe is located very close to the highway they will be able to cater to the early morning truck drivers and farmers in the area. The couple is also making plans to be available to the community during special events. For example, being opening after a school event so families can come and enjoy a treat afterwards. They are also looking into a Saturday teen night where youth will have a safe place to sort of "hang out", enjoy food, and even watch a movie.
Bryon Kelley is an Aurelia native who plans to help out on his family's farm and support the cafe behind the scenes. They have two daughters, Madyson is in fourth grade and Erin is in third grade and both go to Aurelia Community School. The family is looking forward to being a part of the community and appreciate the amazing amount of graciousness that people have shown in starting their endeavor.