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A ‘fun’ place to eat in Mount Morris

New restaurant features ice cream and deli sandwiches

Published: Saturday, June 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Ken Foss serves one of his homemade doughnuts to Ryan Lazansky of Mount Morris at the McKendrie Street Café. Foss, who lives in rural Byron, opened the restaurant May 18 at the Pinecrest Grove Community Center in Mount Morris.
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Jim Shoger of Mount Morris enjoys an ice cream cone while sitting on a bench outside the McKendrie Street Cafe. Shoger has been a regular customer at the restaurant since it opened May 18.
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Ken Foss adds honey mustard to a deli sandwich he is making for a customer at the McKendrie Street Cafe in Mount Morris.

MOUNT MORRIS – From “real” ice cream to a thick deli sandwich, Ken Foss aims to please his customers at the McKendrie Street Café.

“I always tell people it’s a cross between Subway and Dairy Queen,” Foss said with a grin.

The Indiana native who now lives in rural Byron opened the restaurant May 18 at the Pinecrest Grove Community Center on North McKendrie Avenue.

So far, Foss said, business has been brisk, with many repeat customers.

“Our lunch hours are so busy,” he said.

The deli sandwiches are built to the customer’s taste, with a variety of breads, meats, cheeses, and trimmings.

The ice cream, however, is what sets his café apart, Foss said.

He buys a special, extra-rich mix from an Aurora farm.

“This is real ice cream,” he said.

Other treats offered are several flavors of cheesecake made in Freeport, and doughnuts made fresh every morning.

The eye-catching interior features bright cartoon posters and a mural of two fishermen using a giant deli sandwich as their raft.

”I tried to create a fun place,” Foss said.

Customers can enjoy their meal or dessert inside or outside at tables with benches and colorful umbrellas.

With 19 years experience in the catering and concessions business, Foss also offers catering for gatherings, such as birthdays, Christmas, and graduation parties.

The facilities at the community center offer ample space for gatherings and meetings.

About the cafe

The McKendrie Street Café, at the Pinecrest Grove Community Center on North McKendrie Street in Mount Morris, is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Hours will be extended in July.

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