Saturday, December 17, 2011
GEN. NEWS: Windell's Cafe closing its doors
The “Horseshoe Club” — named for the shape of the bar at which they regularly sit — at Windell’s Café in Dale includes Jerry Sanders of Santa Claus, clockwise from top left, Ray Striegel of Dale, Ray Harpenau of St. Henry and Jack Troth, Bob Reinke and Gerald Spurlock, all of Dale. At about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, the men enjoyed some of the final cups of coffee being served at Windell’s. The café opened in 1947 and Betty and Darrel Jenkins, owners for the past 20 years, are closing it Sunday. Of the six men, they total 226 years in collective attendance. "These guys, they're like a family to me," said Patty Gogel of Dale, a Windell's waitress for 17 years. "When they don't show up, I worry, but once we close, it's going to be hard for all of us. It'll be like losing a part of my family."