Familiar faces take on new restaurant

Alejandra Nieto helps her dad, Pedro Sr., as they prepare for the lunch crowd on their second day of business at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Walton.

Unless you live in Walton, most people tend to pass through on their way to somewhere else. Especially once the Whistle Stop Cafe, a local eatery located at 106 Main Street, shut down last year.

But as of Oct 30, Walton has once again become a place to stop and stay for an hour or more regardless of where you live.

The Whistle Stop Cafe reopened under new but familiar faces to many Hillsboro residents as well as Marion, Harvey and McPherson Counties. The Nieto family live in Hillsboro, and members of the family used to own and operate La Cabana, a well-known Mexican food restaurant that brought in diners from all three counties. La Cabana changed owners, names and many of the food options and styles several years back.

But now, the familiar faces and food are available every day except Monday.

“Keeping name the same,” said Pedro Nieto, Sr. when asked if the name will remain the Whistle Stop Cafe.

Pedro, his wife and their daughter, Alejandra, who graduated from high school last year, are the main staff with help from a few other family members and a few friends.

“It’s a family thing,” said Alejandra Nieto.

Alejandra speaks better English than her parents so she works with the public and waits on tables along with family friend Alex Leon.

There are options for those who don’t like Mexican food as well. For example, the kids’ menu has the standard corn dog, grilled cheese, mac n cheese, fries and more. There is also a big breakfast menu with items such as omelets, biscuits and gravy and pancakes.

“There will be specials in the evening on occasion like chicken noodle soup since it is getting cold soon,” said Alejandra.

The prices are reasonable and the portions are large.

While the cafe is mainly looking to serve the breakfast and lunch crowd, they are also open several evenings.

“Our hours will most likely stay the same. We are open from 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. every day except Sunday and from 5-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Mondays we are closed,” said Alejandra.

They are open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays. They serve breakfast all day, but lunch starts at 11 a.m.

The restaurant does not currently have a phone number although they plan to have one very soon. They do have a Facebook page with information and reviews. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/WhiistleSC/.

Server Alex Leon takes an order from a family who popped in for lunch at the Whistle Stop Cafe. The Cafe re-opened under new owners on Halloween.
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