New eatery opens in ex-KFC location

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Vikki Robertson, Pete DePuma and his daughters Emily and Ellie as Pop's Cafe opened Tuesday. Pilot photo by Elijah Decious

After four years sitting vacant, the former KFC building in Storm Lake is a restaurant again.

Pop's Cafe opened Tuesday, after about six weeks of renovation to the building located on Flindt Drive.

The owner, Pete DePuma, of longtime downtown eatery Pantry Cafe, says his entire family is involved in the operation of the new business, "everybody pulling their weight" and even doing much of the work on the building. It was named in honor of his grandfather, but Pete notes that he is now a grandfather himself, and sometimes gets referred to as "Pop" himself.

Although the building had long been vacant, the location is ideal, he feels. "We're very happy to be here."

Breakfast is quite a production for the new restaurant, with "everything you can think of, from chicken and waffles to steak and eggs or pancakes." There's a local nod to many of the dishes, such as "Panther Pride," "Tornado Alley," and "The Beaver Dam."

There will be daily lunch specials, with a focus on comfort foods like burgers, taverns, chicken strips and egg or tuna salad sandwiches and croissants.

Patrons won't want to leave without dessert. "We have four generations of recipes for homemade pies going here," DePuma said.

Pop's Cafe will be open Mondays through Saturdays for breakfast and lunch, 6 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sundays 7-2, with plans for a Sunday buffet later.

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