The old Bast building in Ramona is once again buzzing with activity since the opening of the Farmhouse Cafe.
Becky Gartner of Howard opened the cafe on Monday. She said the day was busier than she had anticipated with a constant flow of traffic until early afternoon.
Gartner said running a cafe is something she's always been interested in. She jumped at the opportunity when she was contacted by a friend who had heard the Ramona development group was looking to get a local cafe open.
"It was a restaurant until July of last year," Gartner said. "They wanted a cafe back."
The cafe offers a standard menu of breakfast and lunch offerings. Gartner hopes to have fresh caramel rolls, cookies and pies available for customers.
Gartner said she wants customers to feel like they've just had some "good down-home cooking like your grandmother would have done."
Customers can take a stroll down memory lane looking at the selection of antique signs and old product containers that line the walls and shelves.
One particular wall will be constantly changing. Currently featuring a photo of an unknown military unit and an encased military uniform, Gartner said she hopes this can evolve to include more photos of military service members. Customers are welcome to bring photos that can be duplicated and displayed.
Gartner is also owner and operator of Five O'Clock Confections and plans to run that business out of the cafe as well.
Gartner will will be open Sunday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The hours are subject to change based on customer demand, and Gartner said she's willing to open for special events.