Saturday, June 27, 2009

Room to feed

Photos and story by Kyle Bruggeman

To open a new business can be very stressful. Most new stores don't make a profit for at least a couple of years, and with the current economic stagnation one might expect that to be even more difficult. Not true for local restaurant owners Mitzi Urbom (left), husban Kevin Urbom and Lyndzie Holtze. After a little over a month of operation the new eatery is doing very well for itself.

Cunninghams Feed is a bakery, café, and grill all in one. Located in Arapahoe, Nebraska, this wonderfully refurbished location has as much history as it does great eats.

Before becoming a restaurant, Cunninghams was a grain feed store where farmers could buy livestock provision. Warren Urbom, 87, remembers when he moved to Arapahoe that the same one story building was operated as a grocery store.

Warren's youngest son Kevin has spent the last few years restoring the property to immaculate condition. "Almost every piece of wood had to be taken out and re-fitted" says Kevin. "I'm a lawyer by trade, but re-building this property has given me a lot more knowledge in carpentry."

Cunningham's is located at 603 Nebraska Avenue. The bakery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant has become popular among residents of neighboring communities as well, reservations are recommended.

Above left is the Cunningham's as a feed store, and right is how it looks today as a restaurant.

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