on the corner
There had always been a small restaurant at the “Corner” in Riverside, Missouri, but before 1983 it had changed names and hands several times. Many of the locals wanted to see a return to the old-style cafe that had existed there years before and was an icon of its time (Reese’s Cafe). Enter Ed and Kathi Rule. They had never been in the restaurant business before, but always felt they knew what good food was all about.
It began on May 15, 1983, when they opened a little 40-seat cafe that served breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. The CORNER CAFE was born. There was a lot of learning in those first couple years. New items were introduced as daily specials written on the front windows and inside on the chalkboard. The counter became the center of the action. “The Riverside Liar’s Club” took up the large round table by the counter and became the place to find out all the local happenings in town. It didn’t take long for the locals to notice. Then, as word spread, more and more people would call, asking for directions. It was obvious that expansion was needed.
When Harley Davidson announced the building of a manufacturing plant in the Kansas City area, Ed asked long-time customer Marvin Enochs if he could find him a Harley Davidson sign or piece of memorabilia that could be hung in the restaurant. Marvin offered to loan Ed his 1926 Harley Davidson motorcycle to display in the restaurant. It became a popular conversation piece for customers and eventually, Ed convinced Marvin to sell it to him. When the Liberty, Missouri location was opened, Marvin helped Ed find another motorcycle to purchase for that location. Today, each location has an antique motorcycle in it as a testament to that great friendship. And, when Marvin passed on, his estate allowed Ed to purchase Marvin’s favorite motorcycle, an Indian Scout, that is also on display at our Riverside location.
First the weekends, then dinner, then two expansions that doubled the seating. For many it became a home away from home . . . it was like an extended family. People would come in every day, some several times a day! People would bring in pictures and items to hang on the walls, and they shared their lives with us as we shared our livelihood with them.
The original cafe had occupied a location that had lasted more than 50 years as a restaurant. It was painfully obvious that modernization was needed. Careful consideration was taken while designing the new CORNER CAFE. They had to make certain that they didn’t alienate the longtime customer, while trying to attract new customers. The new CORNER CAFE opened on December 6, 1994, built on the traditions of the original.
through the years
We love to see the work that our customers do in their communities through schools, scouts, youth athletics, faith-based organizations and non-profits. We are blessed to be able to partner with a few of those many groups who are making a difference each day.