We met in Kansas City back in 2006. Bryan was working as the promotions guy for a minor league baseball team, the Kansas City T-Bones, where he came up with all kinds of fun stunts like playing the final two innings of a game on an X-Box. Janice was working for a company in Lawrence. Bryan had honed his culinary chops at restaurants like Lidia’s before moving on to own La Cocina del Puerco, a beloved Mexican restaurant in Prairie Village, before moving on to baseball.
As the years went by, we yearned to get closer to Janice’s roots in Cottonwood Falls, and moved to Emporia, where Bryan revitalized the Granada Theatre. While Bryan’s promotions continued to thrive, he missed time in the kitchen, and truly wanted to be part of the fabric of a small town. As a family, we made the decision to open the former Emma Chase Cafe in 2015. We loved what we were able to do, but it was very difficult for Bryan to work a full-time job that involved nights and weekends at the same time he was running a restaurant (that involved nights and weekends). So we made the decision to close the diner in 2017.
We came back in 2018 to run the diner full time and truly love what a gathering place like this can bring to a small town, as well as how we are able to welcome visitors from around the world and give them a taste of the Flint Hills.
In the News
Keller Feed & Wine: The friendly neighbor – Emporia Gazette, April 18, 2020
‘Stay home.’ Small-town Kansas diner tells tourists ‘please stop coming here … for now’ – Kansas City Star, March 26, 2020
Keller Feed & Wine hosts Harry Potter-themed dinner – Emporia Gazette, December 30, 2019
Get recipes from some favorite Kansas restaurants, home cooks – Wichita Eagle, January 24, 2017
Ad Astra, Keller Feed & Wine add to Flint Hills dining scene – Kansas City Star, November 16, 2015
Keller Wine & Feed Company will replace Emma Chase Cafe in Cottonwood Falls – Wichita Eagle, April 13, 2015