Here's the Yola’s Café story, below, used with permission, from their website:
Yola’s Café is named for the grandmother of owner Lance Ratze. A phenomenal cook, Yola used her immeasurable gift for hospitality and cooking to gather her large family together every weekend. She would cater to them, serving wonderful meals made from scratch – roast beef dinners, waffles, baked pies, malts, and other favorite dishes. Her home was practically a restaurant; she bought used restaurant equipment to be able to make enough food for so many people that they ate around a ping pong table in her basement. Yola’s home was always a place for people to gather, relax, and enjoy life and each other; she would entice everyone with food. Less than 5 feet tall, Yola never sat still and she was in constant motion. The family revolved around her home and her heart until she passed away in 2008. After working in restaurants, Yola always wanted her own café but was unable to realize that dream.
Yola’s Café is intended to provide the same atmosphere of hospitality that Grandma Yola showered upon her family and friends every weekend. Stop by for some baked goods made from scratch in house, a warm cup of coffee, soup, or sandwich, and some conversation. It’s the café Yola always dreamed of, and we hope you enjoy it as much as she would.
Yola’s Cafe is an unconventional and uplifting cafe that provides an oasis of calm in your busy life. Whether you stay for two minutes or two hours, come for a business meeting or a mom’s morning out, our aim is to give you more than just great coffee, homemade baked goods, and fresh food.
We want to help you make the business and personal connections that give meaning and purpose to your life. Yola’s Cafe is an inviting gathering place for neighbors and friends, and when you’re here, you’re family.
We hope you’ll notice the subtle differences that make our coffee shop unique, from the faint strains of faith-filled music in the air to the inspired conversations all around. Yola’s is your friendly local family owned cafe with something for everyone.
The perfect place for specialty drinks, family & friends!
Slip away from your day and enjoy a relaxing break at Yola’s Café. The selection of coffee, tea, and specialty drinks is worth stopping in for, but the wonderful food, wickedly good treats that are baked here, and the comfortable atmosphere are what will keep Yola’s on your mind. It’s a great place to meet friends or business colleagues; you can bring your laptop and plug in or use our free wi-fi, or bring the kids for a play date.
Breakfast is served all day, including a daily special, and we offer a delectable lunch too – even lunch boxes to go. Our specialty any time of day is a Golden Malted Belgium Waffle that will stop you in your tracks – with or without toppings – but our baked oatmeal has legions of fans. Sometimes we add new items, like the Harvester sandwich. There is always a soup of the day (seasonal) and choices of salad. Vegetarians have plenty of options, too.
Specialty drinks include frappes, smoothies, natural sodas, and a long list of items such as the Nutty Irishman (espresso, steamed milk, Irish cream and hazelnut). While you indulge, let your children have fun in the play area that contains a play kitchen from Whoops!, a variety of Melissa and Doug playsets, chalkboards, and games.