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New Bakehouse Cafe opening June 15

Owners and operators ... Shannon and Ronda McCain will offer a family atmosphere and home-style cooking at their Bakehouse Cafe.

The Bakehouse Cafe, owned and operated by Shannon and Ronda McCain, will open Monday, June 15, at 6:00 a.m. This newest business in Philip is at 102 North Center Avenue, between the Gem Theater and the NAPA auto parts center.

The McCains are ready for breakfast, lunch and snack-time crowds, with a seating capacity of 50 diners. Cafe hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays will be the McCains' down day and the cafe will be closed. On Saturdays they will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Basic breakfasts will be followed with daily lunch specials. The opening day special will feature turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and green beans. Shannon said that he is looking forward to offering various pasta dishes as some of the daily specials. Simpler desserts such as cake, brownies and cookies will always be available, with homemade pies being the biggest dessert specialty of the house.

Ronda has lived in the Philip area, off and on, since she was 14 years old. Shannon, after spending most of his life in the Sioux Falls area, has been in Philip for the last two years. Both have been in the food service business since they can remember.

"I'm 26 and the food business is pretty much all I've ever enjoyed doing." said Shannon. "It's more fun than other jobs, because it takes a talent."

Ronda added, "And, you can be creative. Shannon is good at all the pastas and casseroles. My specialty is that I can bake. We don't like anything instant, we will be serving real, homemade food."

Shannon's biggest fear, which he is well prepared against, is running out of food. He will have plenty of real potatoes, rather than instant, always ready. He jokingly asked, "Could we sometimes have too many customers and have to regretfully shut the door to some?"

They are striving for a family oriented atmosphere, even offering one-cent tootsie rolls and five-cent dumbdumb suckers so young children can buy their own treats. "It should be fun for the kids," said Shannon. "We will not be serving alcohol and will not have any smoking. Eventually, we hope to have a few quiet arcade games so kids can do something without becoming fidgety or rowdy while waiting for their family's food to be served."

Ronda said, "We could have picked anywhere to open a cafe, but Philip feels like family. It'll be a joy to serve homemade meals to people I know. With opening day coming soon, this is exciting, this is like really fun." Shannon added, "It works out for Philip, too. Why pay government taxes in some other town? This is the town we live in, and the town we want to work in." The Bakehouse Cafe's phone number is 859-2440.