Nest Cafe opens in Farwell

July 31, 2015

It’s a family affair. Shown here at The Nest Restaurant in Farwell are daughters Abby and Hanna, Michelle and Jim Snell, and sons Seth and Nick.

It’s a family affair. Shown here at The Nest Restaurant in Farwell are daughters Abby and Hanna, Michelle and Jim Snell, and sons Seth and Nick.

By Pat Maurer

It has a new name, a new décor and a family atmosphere and it offers great family dining right in downtown Farwell.

The Nest, formerly the Mad Café, is under new ownership. Michelle and Jim Snell purchased the restaurant June 21.

Since then they have been busy updating both the décor and the menu. Look around and you will see owls everywhere. Most of the décor is the handiwork of daughter Hanna.

The crew is mostly family too. Jim is chief cook and works most days while Michelle comes in the evenings and on weekends. Hanna is a waitress, daughter Abby a waitress and all around kitchen helper and son Nick works as a dishwasher. “Our oldest, Seth, just eats here,” Michelle said with a smile.

“It’s going great,” Michelle said. “We have had a great response to the location in downtown Farwell and the great food we are putting out.

The former “sports” theme is now a more family-oriented diner. They now offer handmade burgers with fresh baked bread and buns from Tammy Teal’s JT Bakers in Clare.

They offer a variety of homemade soups and even real mashed potatoes. Some of their soups include cream of broccoli, turkey noodle, chili, and beef vegetable. Two soups and chili are featured each day.

There are three breakfast specials every day, and in fact a breakfast, lunch and dinner special on the menu every day too, including an all-you-can eat cod dinner every Friday. Finish a great dinner with a wide variety of desserts including homemade pie.

Jim said, “We plan to change and enlarge the menu soon.” Jim worked at the Doherty Hotel for eight years. “That’s where we met,” Michelle said.

She has loads of restaurant experience. She started out at age 14 working for Cathy Rynearson at the Lone Pine Restaurant for the next ten years. She is, in fact a cousin to Cathy’s husband Tim Rynearson. “We just had a little reunion of the old Lone Pine Crew come in for dinner,” Michelle said.

After the Lone Pine, Michelle worked another ten years at the Doherty Hotel. She went to the casino for two years then moved to Kay’s Diner in Farwell where she worked for Karen Hubble for six more years.

“I always wanted to own a restaurant,” Michelle said. “My dream came true.”

She is a very busy lady these days. Along with running a new business, she is an intern Radiography Technician at McLaren Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. She will be finishing her classes through Mid-Michigan Community College next May.

Located at 310 West Main Street in the Village, The Nest is open Monday to Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Their phone number is 989-544-4555.


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