New Lake Conroe Cafe Aims to Help Squash Hunger in Montgomery County


Mike and Mary Kelton have brought a new all-day cafe to Lake Conroe with the aim of benefiting those in need with their fine classic dishes, including French toast and corn beef hash.

Hunger Crush Café, at 15250 Texas 105 West in Suite 160, is the couple’s fourth restaurant. However, this time the Keltons create a friendly environment that encourages people to put away their cell phones and visit. Additionally, the Keltons have pledged to donate a portion of their income from their Hunger Boards to the Montgomery County Food Bank with a promise to “suppress hunger one meal at a time.”

The café’s Hunger Boards are family-style meals served on a large wooden platter.

“Giving back to the community where we live and work is very important to Mary and me,” said Mike Kelton. “The food bank plays a very important role in solving food insecurity for so many people. »

The Keltons launched their first restaurant in 2018 after Mike retired from his 32-year career in the wine industry.

“I needed something to do and I love to cook,” he said, adding that the couple have restaurants in The Woodlands, Magnolia and Austin.

While a fourth restaurant was not planned, Mike Kelton said he was approached by the owner of the Waterpoint development who asked if he wanted to take over a 3,100 square foot space that was vacated in the center.

“I wanted to do Italian first,” Mike said, but with a pizzeria nearby with a non-compete clause, he had to go a different direction. “He said why don’t you make breakfast?”

With that, the rest, they say, is history.

“It’s the culmination of my vision and my taste buds,” said Mike Kelton. “I am very excited about the potential of this location. Everything comes together very easily.

Hunger Crush Café seats approximately 140 people and, when full, will employ approximately 45 people.

A unique feature of the restaurant is a large communal table which will feature a ‘phone-free zone’ to encourage interaction and new friendships.

To give the restaurant its vibrant look, the Keltons commissioned local artist Jodi “Shen” Goldman-Hallford to create a mural that takes up an entire wall of the cafe. Images of the lake’s iconic lighthouses, nearby pine forests and families at play encapsulate the laid-back vibe of lake life in Lake Conroe and its surrounding communities.

“It’s been an incredible opportunity to partner with the Hunger Crush Café to capture the fun, relaxed lake life here in beautiful Piney Woods,” Goldman-Hallford said. “Partnering with owners Mike and Mary Kelton to help articulate the vision of their values ​​has been very rewarding. Part of their heart in supporting the Montgomery County Food Bank with a portion of their sales has truly encouraged me to give my best in this effort.

“It is our common goal and I hope anyone who takes a moment to contemplate this product of the heart will come away smiling and having been blessed, even if only a little, and I am so grateful to the Keltons for giving me the opportunity for this adventure.

As for food, the cafe offers a great selection of American comfort foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Mike Kelton’s career in the wine industry brings a wine list that includes a number of high value and quality domestic and imported vintages. For beer drinkers, look for over 12 beers from local breweries, including B-52 Brewing Co., Karbach Brewing Co., and Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

Hunger Crush Café is open seven days a week. For more information and to view the menu, visit

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