The Coffee Cottage opened Jan. 3 under new ownership offering the same menu items that have made the restaurant a local favorite for years.
Crystal Wangler, who bought the business from Candy Hornstein, who retired recently, said not much would change in the local coffee spot, located on Highway 2.
Wangler said she made sure to keep the same favorites regulars to the Coffee Cottage have come to expect. In addition to offering breakfast staples such as eggs, potatoes sausage and bacon, the restaurant features fresh baked caramel rolls and muffins displayed in a glass case near the front register. The Coffee Cottage offers menu items for takeout as well.
Lunch items include burgers and grilled sandwiches, salads and soups. Wangler and her staff keep a fresh pot of coffee on to serve every day. Other specialty drinks include hot or iced mochas and Big Train blended drinks.
Wangler said The Coffee Cottage also offers a variety of freshly baked pies and other treats.
“The same baker is doing our baking that was here before,” Wangler said. “Her name is Cassandra Schaan. She bakes everything. Everything is homemade, like the piecrusts. She’s remarkable.”
Wangler added, “Breakfast is going to be our specialty. I added some stuff that our normal coffee guys are used to so I added that in. I call it my “Early Riser” and it’s from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.”
“We’re going to try to do some specialty items once we get our feet under us and figure things out,” Wangler noted. “We’ve added a greaseless fryer to our kitchen and we’re trying that out and figuring out the best way to use it. We’re hoping to make things a little more health-conscious.”
“Basically, we’re the same Coffee Cottage; we’re just under new ownership,” Wangler said. “I know I have big shoes to fill since Candy retired, and I’m hoping I can ease into those old shoes and keep it going as positively as I can and keep things rolling as we add things and tweak things a little bit.”
Wangler said some of the tweaks she plans include opening the restaurant for dinner on occasion.
“I’d like to start some date night things in Rugby, like specialty nights Fridays and Saturdays, maybe once or twice a month to start and then see how it goes from there,” Wangler said.
Friendly staffers greet customers with a smile at the Coffee Cottage, however, Wangler said she’d like to hire more.
“I’m hoping we can keep things rolling,” Wangler said. “I’m still looking for staff to work weekends.”
Wangler said although the restaurant now shares their building with the Rugby Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, plenty of space is available for meetings and other special events.
“We’ve got rooms in the back for meetings and we’ve kind of switched seating around,” Wangler said. “One room, we’re going to use as a private meeting room. Then, within the next couple of weeks, they’re going to redo the floor out here. We changed things around to open things up in the main dining area a little bit.”
“We’re kind of changing some decorations,” Wangler added. “We’re not changing it too much, though. We don’t want to throw people off,” she smiled.
“Come on in and see us. Give us a try,” Wangler said.
The Coffee Cottage is located at 106 Hwy. 2 SW and open daily 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.