WICHITA — Cathy Hetterscheidt has left Lilli Mae’s to open her own restaurant.
Last fall, Hetterscheidt and Judi Young opened the country cooking Lilli Mae’s in the former 54 Diner space at 206 E. Kellogg.
Hetterscheidt says the arrangement didn’t work well for her, so now she’s opening Cathy’s Diner in the former Takhoma Burger space at 816 S. Broadway.
“I’m going out completely on my own this time,” Hetterscheidt says.
She says a lot of the customers she used to serve when she worked for Piccadilly followed her to Lilli Mae’s, and she thinks they’ll come to the new diner.
“I have a huge following,” she says.
Cathy’s Diner will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hetterscheidt says she’ll serve traditional breakfasts along with burgers and specials for lunch.
The front part of the restaurant will be a diner, and within a year Hetterscheidt hopes to open a soda fountain in the back.
She plans to open the restaurant by March 1.