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Millie's CafeStephanie Springer prepared lunch recently using old family recipes at Millie’s Café, 553 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
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Millie's CafeMillie’s Café, 553 Central Ave., serves ethnic-style food native to the Strawberry Hill area in this frame-style building. American-style food also is on the menu. (Photo by William Crum)
After many years Stephanie Springer decided to come home. When she did she created a café in honor of Millie Fabac, her grandmother.
Stephanie uses a lot of Millie's recipes that were handed down from generation to generation. Millie came to America from Croatia.
Springer grew up in Wyandotte County where she went to St. Peter's and eventually went to Bishop Ward High School, in the class of 1993. Then she left Wyandotte County only to realize several years later, she had to come home.
Springer is a well-trained chef in her own right, training under such great chefs as Lidia Bastianich, where she was a pastry chef at Lidia's in the Crossroads area of Kansas City, Mo. While working for Lidia she had a dream to start a café called Millie's in Kansas City, Kan.
The dream finally came true several months ago after many years of research. She decided to call the restaurant Millie's Café and she wanted it to be in Kansas City, Kan., offering the many recipes from Millie. The café offers American-style food, as well. It is located at the site of the former Sophie’s Deli.
Stephanie is truly proud of her Wyandotte County heritage and it shows.
Many people who have eaten at Millie's regard it as one of the best restaurants in Wyandotte County.
Millie's Café is part of the new resurgence of restaurants coming back to Wyandotte County. It is a prime example of someone leaving Wyandotte County then coming back to start a new business, coming home. This is a new Wyandotte County and Millie's Café at 553 Central Ave. in Kansas City, Kan., is a major part of it.
Millie's Café is one of those places that you must go to before you die. A true culinary legend in its own right, the food is amazing to say the least.
After being opened for just a few months, the response has been amazing. During the month of October, Millie’s plans to offer German and Croatian samplers in honor of Oktoberfest.
Millie's Café, 553 Central Ave., is open from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.