Spotlight on business - Home Café

41_home-1955BREAK TIME  – Buck Traxler waits to enjoys his home cooked meal at the Home Café with owner Scott Arvidson. I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen

By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

As a new special for the I-O we will be running a bi-monthly ‘Spotlight on Business’ with an emphasis on their contributions to our community and their history.

Like no other type of business, those that warm our stomachs can also warm our hearts.

Frozen in time is a restaurant unlike any other, The Home Café.

Harry and Lola Arvidson came to visit Conrad in 1956 from Minnesota and after returning home, immediately packed their bags and returned to town. After working around the corner from the current location at the Conrad Café, Harry decided to start his own business and bought the building at 408-1/2 S. Main St. in 1958.

The building had been occupied by the Holmmade Ice Cream Shop, owned by Jim and Pearl Holm.

The Arvidson business motto was simple, “We would rather serve one customer ten times than ten customers once.” The Home Café provided good home cooked meals and fresh products and continues to do so today.

Harry and Lola’s son Scott, and his wife Pam, took over the business in 1982. Just a few of the delicious items they have to offer: homemade french fries and hash browns, roasted turkey and homemade gravy, homemade donuts and pies and daily lunch specials. Scott and Pam’s motto is “The Homemade Way”.

The Home Café has a loyal base of customers but continues to recruit new customers each and every day. They are currently open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scott commented that there are only 15 days a year that they are not open.

With no immediate plans for the future, Scott and Pam plan to continue to run the Home Café for as long as they are standing. Scott said that his grandkids are keeping him young.

The Home Café is your local stop for breakfast. They are proud to support the Conrad Cowboys and Cowgirls and enjoy doing their annual food drive for the local food pantry during the Christmas Stroll. During this event, they serve up chili and cinnamon rolls, all just for a donation to the food pantry.

If you would like to nominate a business in Conrad or the surrounding area, you may contact Wakkinen at 271-5561 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .