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Binford Café gets new management

The Binford Caf? in Binford, N.D., came under new management on Monday -- the original owners who established the restaurant 60 years ago. The caf? is now managed by Ron Halverson, who at 72 said he wanted to make the restaurant the centerpiece o...

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Ron Halverson stands in the kitchen of the Binford Café in Binford, N.D. Submitted

The Binford Café in Binford, N.D., came under new management on Monday -- the original owners who established the restaurant 60 years ago.

The café is now managed by Ron Halverson, who at 72 said he wanted to make the restaurant the centerpiece of the town again. His mother and café founder, Madelyn Halvorson, 96, wanted to help out, but he said it was probably not a good idea, though he pledged to run the café as she did.

“Between my mother and I, we ran this place for 40 years and we are going to have old-fashioned, homemade cooking again,” Halvorson said.

The restaurant was under multiple owners over 20 years and some did well, he said. A drop in business over the past two years was from the community missing the old menu, he said.

“You gotta treat people the right way, that is name of the business,” Halvorson said. “Put out good food and a lot of it.”

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There will be hot beef and pork items daily, with steak and shrimp on the weekends and torsk on Fridays, he said. He is following his mother’s advice to make sure the main course comes with plenty of potatoes and vegetables.

The cafe hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., but Halverson said he is flexible with customers coming in early or late.

“I am here at 6 a.m. and the coffee will be on 10 minutes later,” Halvorson said.

Mariah Reynolds, a former manager, is staying on as a cook. There are four regular servers and high school kids will help out on evening and weekend shifts.

Halverson has cattle and runs a construction fencing company with a brother-in-law. He said it is important to stay busy and fears the rocking chair would be the end of him.

“I’m 72 and shouldn't be doing this,” he said. “I not retired, I’m just dumb.”

Binford Cafe is located at 205 Whinery St. For more information, call (701) 676-2871.

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