Cafe´reopening under new ownership, bowling unsure

After sitting empty for roughly nine months the BA has new owners.

New owners plan on reopening the cafe with a small menu, they hope to expand in the future. The new owners took over as of September 1. (PHOTO BY COLE BENZ | The Herald)
New owners plan on reopening the cafe with a small menu, they hope to expand in the future. The new owners took over as of September 1. (PHOTO BY COLE BENZ | The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK | Herald Reporter

After sitting empty for roughly nine months the BA has new owners. As of September 1, 2015 Don Rose has owned the building, and his daughter Dollyn and her husband Larry Shinnaberry will soon open Dollyn’s Cafe around the middle of October.

“We decided we’re just going to open up the café part, and start small and hopefully work bigger,” Dollyn Shinnaberry said.

Dollyn is familiar with New England and the area, as she grew up and graduated high school from New England. Dollyn and her husband Larry relocated back to New England four years ago. Both Dollyn and Larry have restaurant experience as Dollyn worked for Woolworth’s for many years, and Larry owned and operated his own restaurant in Oregon.

Larry, who will do most of the cooking, and Dollyn who will waitress, plan to be open seven days a week starting at 6:00 a.m. and closing at 9:00 p.m.

Until they get to know their customers, Dollyn’s Café plans to have a small amount of food items on their menu.

In the future, the Shinnaberry’s are thinking about adding a possible breakfast buffet in the mornings, and they would also like to add a full size salad bar with soup to their menu.

On Sundays they are planning on serving Sunday brunch.

Dollyn and Larry welcome the community for suggestions or menu ideas.

“We are open for suggestions,” Larry Shinnaberry said.

They are also thinking about having items made up to grab and go during the lunch hour, for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time during their lunch break to wait.

Dollyn’s Cafe will also cater, as Dollyn has a catering license.

To give their restaurant a family friendly atmosphere, Dollyn’s Café will be an alcohol free restaurant.

Dollyn’s Café is also looking at staying open after New England Tiger home games to feed the hungry athletes that would like to have something to eat on their way home.

“If we know ahead of time if their going to have a game that isn’t going to be over till 9 (p.m.) or 10 (p.m.), if they let us know ahead of time and maybe what they want (to eat) when its done we will have it ready for them,” Larry Shinnaberry said.

The Shinnaberry’s are uncertain about having league bowling this fall. The bowling lanes need some work and also need to be re-certified. Dollyn and Larry are waiting on public interest before they go through the expense of certifying and fixing the lanes.

Anyone who is interested in league bowling this fall will need to contact Dollyn at Dollyn’s Café at 701-579-5000.

There are also personal items that have been left in the bowling lockers if anyone would like their personal items they can also stop by and pick their items up at the restaurant.

Dollyn’s Café will be looking to hire waitresses and cooks, if anyone is interested please call Dollyn or stop by the restaurant.

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