Wakonda Community Caf� may open doors in February by Ashley Steffen What's green and white on Main Street where one can get a warm hamburger for lunch? The answer is the newly constructed Wakonda Caf� which may be ready for the public soon.
According to Roger and Marsha Steffen, managers of the leased city project the caf� should open in February if all goes well. The help the project has received from the community, they said, has been tremendous.
The Steffens are excited for this opportunity to run a restaurant; it's in their bones. Mrs. Steffen has always loved to cook, and her family owned a restaurant in Lesterville and now it belongs to her aunt.
She has always been around food and knows what the public likes. Mr. Steffen's mom worked in a restaurant while he grew up knowing the business, as well.
Mike Pollman of Pollman Excavation started the dirtwork for the building project Oct. 9. Dave Ganschow of Ganschow Construction donated much of his time and expertise to heading the project, while many townspeople helped with the construction.
It truly was a community project with a fundraiser held at the Pizza Ranch in Yankton on Oct. 14, raising $130.
Discussion started two years ago and fundraising started March 23. Now, it will all become reality by February.
The Steffens thank Warren Kohler and Jim Nielsen for fundraising, Dave Ganschow for construction; Bernie Steffen, plumbing; Mike Pollman, digging, and Steve Peterson and Mark Nelson for wiring.
Members of the community have been very helpful by donating their time, support, and input on this wonderful project! We hope to see you there!