Heuer’s Cafe

I missed this note in the Tribune’s Street Talk space a couple of weeks ago:

Jamie Heuer said he is closing his Hallsville cafe so he can be a one-restaurant man and spend more quality time with his family.

Heuer said he wants to focus on his children – Haley, 14; Austin, 17; and Brooke, 20 – and make overdue improvements to Heuer’s Country Store & Cafe, which he and his wife, Tammy, opened in November 1999.

Heuer’s Country Store, which is at 15471 Old Highway 63 N. near Riggs, was formerly known as the Pinnacles Store. Jamie Heuer grew up in the area and spent much of his childhood in and around the store.

Heuer said the couple opened Heuer’s Cafe at 595 N. Route B in Hallsville on Feb. 1, 2005, and business has been good. (It’s one of the only places to have a sit-down meal in the small burg.)

“My time is out of control,” Heuer said. “I have to run errands for both stores” – which are about 7 miles apart – “and I manage 12 people at each restaurant.”

I once attempted to local the outpost on Highway 63, without luck. Today, aided by a spiffy new billboard advertisement on the highway, I was more successful…and glad for it. The special of the day was breaded pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes and butterbeans. Oh lord was the tenderloin good. I think they might use crushed corn flakes to bread the pork. Whatever it was it was wickedly crunchy and tender. Anyone bemoaning the loss of the 63 Diner or (heaven forbid) the lame Gibson Girls Cafe should go get their home-cookin’ fix at Heuer’s.

If you – like me – have tried and failed to find the place, just take 63 north to a left on 124 west, bearing immediately right at the fork in the road.

Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

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