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CD Cafe: Whole lot of peeling going on

By Renae B. Vander Schaaf
agripen@live.com

Date Modified: 01/02/2013 3:37 PM

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CD Cafe

Address: 124 N Thompson Rushmore, Minn.

Telephone (507) 478-4912

Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. The cafe has longer hours in spring and fall to accommodate farmers.

Closed Sunday

Biscuits and Gravy (Saturday morning only) $3.75. Dinners $6 Homemade with real food at reasonable prices

RUSHMORE, Minn. — Her mother always said that if you aren't going to make it with love, don't bother to make it. With that sentiment in mind, Charlotte Dammer prepares food for her customers at the CD cafe.

The cafe officially opens at 6 a.m., but customers are often waiting when she opens the door at 5 a.m. Bacon and eggs are the most requested breakfast lately.

The biscuits and gravy served on Saturday mornings only is a special treat. Dammer used to prepare it just during the hunting season, but customers encouraged her to fix it more often. It has become the Saturday morning tradition.

Depending on how Dammer's morning goes, she sometimes has time to sit down and visit with customers. The regulars who come in around 9 a.m. provide a lot of smart talking and laughs.

Dinner begins around 11 a.m. Dammer first delivers meals daily to a few customers.

Menus are planned a month in advance and printed for customers to take home. Entrees tend to be a meats and potatoes, with Dammer peeling lots of potatoes each day.

Fried chicken is a popular meal along with hamburger steak, pork chops, fish and spaghetti.

Roast beef commercial — a sandwich with mashed potatoes covered with tasty gravy — satisfies any appetite. When customers began requesting a beef stew, she added it. Potato salad is one of the big draws during summer.

Desserts include pudding, jello cake, carmel/chocolate cake and cheesecake.

Dammer's restaurant career began in Luverne. She started helping out a friend who owned a cafe. Beginning as a waitress, she soon found herself in the kitchen

Twelve years ago — about the time she was planning her marriage to Daryl Dammer — the cafe was put on the market. At a town meeting, residents said they didn't want the cafe to close. They left the meeting, wondering what would happen next.

After signing the necessary papers, Daryl and Charlotte completely redid the cafe. She decorates seasonally right down to the cups.

Feb. 2 will be CD Cafe's 12th anniversary.