Miner’s Cafe celebrates one-year anniversary in style

Katrice Perkins/Daily Mining Gazette Steve and Pamela Hecht preparing to cut the cut the cake for customers at the Miner's Cafe one-year anniversary celebration in Laurium on Sunday morning.

LAURIUM — Miner’s Cafe owners, Pamela and Steve Hecht, celebrated the cafe’s one-year anniversary on Sunday.

The cafe is located in Laurium and was taken over by the couple Jan. 1, 2017. The anniversary was celebrated by offering guests complimentary root beer floats and cake.

The cafe is a staple in the community. It was previously known as Nina’s Restaurant before the Hecht’s took over, but even before that, it was the Chatterbox and even Joe’s Market at one point.

Keeping the business alive was an easy decision for the Hecht’s. Pam said they had an opportunity to keep it open so that’s what they did.

“It’s for the community,” she said. “It’s a gathering spot.”

Neither Pam, with a retail background, nor Steve, with a farming background, had any restaurant experience but took on the project anyway.

“What else is there to do when you get to your mid 50’s?” she asked. “You get a restaurant.”

The couple said they’ve learned a lot over this past year and are grateful for their staff.

“We inherited a great staff and a running restaurant, which is rare,” said Steve. “It’s been a tremendous learning curve with the help of our staff.”

Pam said they’ve learned everything.

“We’ve done almost every job there is here,” she said. “So we know what our employees are going to be doing and can understand what we need to be doing to make it easier.”

Amberly Lukkari, who has worked at the location for six years, through different management, said they’ve spiced up the “homey” feeling restaurant a bit with new specials every week.

From spam and egg specials to cinnamon roll pancakes and green eggs and pancakes on St. Patrick’s Day, there’s something to look forward to.

“It’s fun to do the different things every week,” said Lukkari.

Customer Julie Paulson said the good food and good service has kept herself and family coming back.

“We don’t have many places to go to eat breakfast,” said Shirley Slusarzyk, Paulson’s mother.

“It’s convenient,” said Paulson. “It’s good to have in the community. It’s a local establishment and we get to support our local establishment.”