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'Tammy's' to open next week

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tammy's, a new Cherokee restaurant located in the former Spice Rack building at 222 W. Main St. in downtown Cherokee, will be open starting next week. Photo by Mike Leckband
Next week Tammy Hare will be opening her new restaurant, called "Tammy's," in the former Spice Rack building at 222 W. Main St.

Hare is no stranger to the restaurant business since she began working in the industry at the age of 14 working at Sheila's Short Stop in Ida Grove for 11 years before she and her family moved to Cherokee. She worked at Kmart for about five years thinking she didn't miss the restaurant business but ultimately decided she did miss it. An opportunity to run the kitchen service at the Cherokee Country Store presented itself and Hare has been there for a number of years now creating a strong following with her homemade daily special preparations.

Hare loves to cook more than anything and in the back of her mind her goal of restaurant ownership was still there. Timing and fate have a funny way of showing up at the right time and Hare began looking for a location for her business. The Spice Rack building had never crossed her mind until her realtor asked her if she had thought about looking at it. She looked at it once on her own and fell in love with it, then returned with her mom to look at it a second time and then made the decision to make an offer.

Hare plans to offer restaurant hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with breakfast, lunch and dinner hours. The breakfast menu will be small and simple and include pastries. The lunch and dinner hours will comprise of a soup and salad bar, and daily specials along, with a regular menu. Everything on the table will be homemade from scratch even the burger buns, soups and salads.

Patrons can expect taverns, pulled pork, burgers, and fries on the regular menu. Add to that egg, tuna, chicken, and ham salad sandwiches and a person will have many delectable choices. Hare also plans to have baked goods available for purchase. For example, cupcakes are going to be a specialty, along with seasonal baked good trays, and whole pies.

Hare plans on reasonable menu prices and doing most, if not all, of her grocery shopping locally.

Breakfast hours begin at 8 a.m. and the coffee will be hot and fresh. Lunch hours will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner or supper, depending on your view, will go from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The former Spice Rack building is going to be a fantastic space, according to Hare. The Klees have included the current inventory and equipment in the sale of the building so there will be some cooking and baking items to purchase until the inventory runs out. Hare wants to mainly focus on the business of feeding people in a good old-fashioned down-home style.

Eventually she is going to convert the current recording studio into a party room that can be rented and/or catered by Tammy's.

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