Casual dining with new tastes offered at Richardson’s Cafe

Bill Nachman - Posted on Mar 16, 2011 - 03:11 PM

Photo: Richardson’s Cafe in Mathews recently reopened under new ownership. Some of the staff stands by the popular soda fountain, including, front row from left, Jamie Hunley, Janella Williams, owner Lynne Davenport, Misty Neal; back row, Scott Marshall, Chaz Kellum, manager Mike Dixon and Charles Clark. Photo by Bill Nachman

Richardson’s Cafe in Mathews recently reopened under new ownership. Some of the staff stands by the popular soda fountain, including, front row from left, Jamie Hunley, Janella Williams, owner Lynne Davenport, Misty Neal; back row, Scott Marshall, Chaz Kellum, manager Mike Dixon and Charles Clark. Photo by Bill Nachman

Richardson’s Café may be the newest dining spot in the Mathews village, but owner Lynne Davenport said she did a lot of praying before opening the eatery in late February.

Davenport, a member of Cornerstone Fellowship Church at Cobbs Creek, said she knew Mike Dixon from church and talked at length about business ideas with Dixon, a veteran manager. He agreed to become the manager of Richardson’s, which has seen a pharmacy and several restaurants in the building which they have renovated extensively.

As she assembled the staff for her restaurant, Davenport said, it just happened that about three-quarters of the 20 full- and part-time workers attend Cornerstone with her and Dixon. "We pray together at the restaurant every day," she said, because she could never have opened Richardson’s Café without faith and the dedicated efforts of her family and staff in getting the new establishment open.

Davenport is no newcomer to the Mathews restaurant scene, as she owns a sister restaurant Lynne’s Family Restaurant with her husband, Joe, and her parents Wade and Mary Ellen Powell of Gwynn’s Island. They employ about 15 full- and part-time workers at Lynne’s.

While Lynne’s features home-style cooking, Richardson’s Café combines casual dining with some upbeat foods. Lynne’s offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, while Richardson’s Café serves lunch and dinner only on different days; more hours to be added as the weather warms up.

Richardson’s Café seats about 50 diners inside, Davenport said, and has some tables and chairs set up outside for fresh-air dining as the weather permits.