The senses begin to tingle once the door to Rae’s Café, 1605 S. Missouri 7 in Blue Springs, is open.
The aroma of fresh cinnamon rolls, homemade sausage gravy and all the other delights remind the diner of a Saturday morning family breakfast surrounded by loved ones, friends and the best food on the planet.
“We’re a family,” said Rae’s owner Amanda Wohletz, who opened Rae’s Café Oct. 11. “We want people to come into our restaurant and feel like they are with their family and friends.
“We want them to feel like we’re part of their family, because our customers are very special. You have to serve great food to be a successful restaurant. But adding that personal touch, that family touch, is what we hope will make our restaurant special.”
Server Christina Hull has been overwhelmed by the number of repeat customers she has served in just over a month at Rae’s Café.
“It’s been amazing, I can’t even think of the words to describe it,” Hull said. “People come in the first day, and come back the second day and bring a friend.
“Then the friend comes in the third day with a new friend. And they want to know about our lives and we want to get to know them. I don’t even feel like I’m working, I just feel like I have the best job in the world and it’s all because of our customers and Amanda.
“Amanda is a people person, and you can tell it from the first time you meet her. She doesn’t serve customers – she serves everyone like they are members of her family.”
Amy Heatherly is one of Wohletz’s best friends. She is also a server at Rae’s who is able to give a bit of insight into the woman who hopes to make Rae’s a family staple in Blue Springs.
“I am so proud to be a server at Rae’s and to be working with Amanda,” Heatherly said. “I have known her a long time and I just know this restaurant is going to be a success. We are one big family, and I think you can sense that when you come into the dining area.
“We love to chat with our customers and get to know them. And the comments about our food have been pretty amazing. We’re proud of what we have to offer and can’t wait to see what happens over the next few months.”
Rae’s specialty is the Hangover Bowl, a mouth-watering temptation that includes a biscuit and homemade sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, hash browns, grilled onions and mushrooms, tomatoes and melted cheese, with more homemade gravy over the top.
“We’re proud of the Hangover Bowl,” said Wohletz, who has returned from the kitchen to join her friend. “We’re proud of everything we serve. And it’s all fresh and made that morning.
“We get here around 4:30 in the morning and begin the baking and our head cook, Michael Krause, is the best. He takes great pride in every meal we serve. He’s right by my side at 4:30. We couldn’t get it all done without him. He does everything.
“I’m not a social media person – and I know I should be – but we have 51 comments on our Facebook Page and they are all 5 star! And I’m so proud of that.”
Rae’s features daily specials, every breakfast item one can imagine, sandwiches, burgers and fried chicken. Wohletz and Krause designed the menu and then had to come up with a name for the café.
“We thought and thought and just came up with Rae’s – which is my middle name,” she said grinning. “We like it.”
And so do her customers, as the reviews speak for themselves:
• “I’m 85 years old and this is the best breakfast I’ve ever had. And the staff is so friendly. I feel like I’m back home with my mama – the food is that good and the staff is that friendly. I can’t wait to come back and see Christina, my lovely little waitress,” commented Joyce.
• “Such a great place. We were on our way to one of the normal places for breakfast when we saw cars in a lot that normally would be empty. Rae's was open. Turned around and was not disappointed. Excellent atmosphere, awesome service and delicious food. We asked about the cinnamon roll, so she brought us one… on the house!!! Light and flaky, truly mouthwatering. When our order came, we couldn't even finish the giant pancake that came with our order. We cannot wait to go back for lunch. The fried chicken is supposed to be amazing!!” Jeff wrote.
• STRONGLY agree with all the other 5 star reviews so far. My breakfast was great. The best part about it is the gravy for the biscuits is homemade, not mass produced by a supplier. I had the hangover bowl. Biscuit with gravy, 2 eggs, hash browns cheese. It also comes with onions, tomatoes & mushrooms which I passed on. I was worried it may not fill me up because there is not a 'side' of meat. It totally filled me up. As I was writing this I saw someone checking on guests. When she came to my table I learned she is the owner. She wanted to start a business which she could be home for her kids in the evening. I LOVE that! Come visit this locally owned diner, you will not regret it,” Chris said on Facebook.
Rae’s Café seats 65 people and also has a banquet room and bar area that Wohletz hopes to turn into an ol’ fashioned ice cream soda fountain within the year. It is open seven days a week – from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
“Right now, I feel so blessed that I’ve been able to pay the bills and have some great people come into the restaurant,” Wohletz said. “It’s scary to open a new business, but it gets a little less scary every day. And I love who I work with and what I’m doing.
“It’s funny, it’s been just over a month and it doesn’t feel real. It feels wonderful, but it doesn’t feel real quite yet. But I know it will.”