Comfort offers lunches, gifts in a quiet setting
Bonnie Hansen decided to open a small restaurant in Warehouse West in 2018.
Bonnie Hansen owns the Warehouse West building. When Garden Gate decided to close its location there, Hansen’s husband suggested she start a business to fill the space.
It didn’t take too long to figure out what type of business.
“They had been serving lunches when it was Garden Gate and it had been very popular … then they had quit and we just had a lot of people saying, ‘We’d like the lunches back again,’” Hansen said.
Hansen decided to open Comfort in the former Garden Gate location in May 2018. Comfort offers coffee and espresso drinks, lunches and home decor and gifts.
Hansen said she enlisted Cheryl Fowler to do the cooking and baking. Fowler had worked for Garden Gate in the kitchen.
“She’s a marvelous cook and she loves to bake and cook,” Hansen said of Fowler.
Comfort’s menu consists of homemade sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts. People order at the front counter and then eat in the back room set off for the restaurant.
“Everything is made right here,” Hansen said.
The restaurant appeals to people because it’s quiet, she said.
“We have regulars,” Hansen said. “We have knoephla soup and half a chicken salad sandwich (special) every Tuesday and we have regulars in for that for sure. We have a lot of repeat customers. We get a lot of groups.”
There is a separate meeting room available, where it’s been used for such events as a luncheon or dessert meeting or birthday party, she said.
Items for purchase in Comfort can be found decorating the walls and interior in the restaurant, in the meeting room and in the front area of the business.
Comfort carries such items as wall decor, Christmas and fall seasonal items, baby products, spices and food.
“We do a lot of home decor too, things that will appeal to a majority,” she said.
Hansen said she purchased Warehouse West in 1986.
“It was empty. Jamestown Grocery had been in here and they had quit business,” she said. “I just loved the building. Period. I had a ceramic business before this and I was renting my uncle’s basement next door … and we decided we’d come over here with the business.”
She said she loved the beams and wood floors in the old building. She said she never planned for it to become a location for a series of businesses.
“It just happened,” Hansen said.
She’s happy with the businesses located in Warehouse West.
“We work very, very well together and we try to work together to promote all the stores,” she said.
208 1st St. W
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 to 2 p.m. Saturday
Restaurant: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday