HOLSTEIN - Twila Albers, the former food manager at the Holstein Pronto station, purchased the ice cream machines from the former Dairy Barn, a venerable Holstein business, last year, with the idea of bringing back the good old drive-in restaurant, an American staple of the Fifties and Sixties.
The Udder Place opened on June 9, 2008. Photo by Dan Whitney
Albers and her co-owner and husband, Mike, put up a new building last spring at 101 W. 1st St., next to Albers' former employer, the Pronto station. The general contractor for the project was Wiese Brothers Construction of Cushing, and various local businesses sub-contracted for the lighting, plumbing, heating and electrical work. The restaurant, "The Udder Place," opened for business on June 9, 2008. The Udder Place cuisine consists of good old American drive-in restaurant food, including burgers, fries, and - of course - ice cream.
The new venture did brisk business last summer, then was closed during the typically slow winter months. They are now open again, however, and plan to stay open until December this year, according to Albers.
The Udder Place has 13 part-time employees, including Twila and Mike's daughters. Lacey, 17, who is in high school, and Kylie, 19, who is now in college, but plans to return home to work on weekends. Twila said, "Without my family and our employees, (the business) would not go." One of those employees, Brenda Kunneke, is described by Albers as her "right hand man," and she is the person in charge of the business when manager Albers is absent.
Brenda Kunneke (left) and Twila Albers. Photo by Dan Whitney
Twila says that business went very well last summer, and she appreciates all of the customers who came in. In addition to people from the Holstein community, she says, people from other area towns have also dined at The Udder Place. One couple from Schaller, in fact, came all the way to town "just for an ice cream cone."
Business hours for The Udder Place are 11 a.m. - 9 p,m, seven days a week.
The Albers sisters, Kylie and Lacey, made sure they 'left their mark' in front of their parents' new business. Photo by Dan Whitney.