ST. GENEVIEVE, Missouri – In Missouri’s oldest town, a local cafe serves made-from-scratch favorites enjoyed by familiar diners, as well as newcomers visiting the historic town of Sainte-Geneviève on the Mississippi River.
Café Geneviève offers a variety of American and traditional dishes. “Comfort food,” restaurant owner Jami Inman calls it.
“It’s home cooking, so pretty much everything is homemade,” she says.
Before lunchtime, before the popular daily specials, Inman is in the kitchen frying chicken. The cafe is open for lunch and stays open until 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It also opens earlier for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Inman is closely involved in the operation of her restaurant, which is open six days a week and closed only on Mondays.
“That’s a lot of hours,” she says. “I work from open to closed every day.”
Still, Inman says she loves what she does, working with her family in the restaurant and getting to know people in the community when they come for food.
She runs a restaurant in Ste. Geneviève for 23 and a half years, including the last 10 years in the current building, and she says that people are her favorite part.
“I’m probably thinking of all the people, all of our regulars and our new customers,” she says. “They have parties out back. We have regulars who order a lot of take out.
Regulars have their favourites, with different specialties every day.