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The Next Door Cafe is back

Sam Schultz of Superior Mechanical based in Rochester, Minn., puts the Next Door Cafe's letters back in place on Thursday, Sept. 26, after Kim's Cafe closed and before the Next Door Cafe reopened. The eatery was previously operated as the Next Door Cafe by Ed and Donna Schurmeier from 1975 to 1990. (Photo by Micheal Foley)

Kim’s Cafe has closed, and the Next Door Cafe has re-opened in its place at 206 S. Knowles Ave., in downtown New Richmond.

Donna and Ed Schurmeier ran the eatery as Next Door Cafe from 1975 to 1990, and Donna, who still owns the building, has now partnered with Tim Finne for the reopening.

Finne said the cafe had a soft opening on Friday, Sept. 27, with an all new menu.

“It was pretty decent with no advertising and the place being closed for 10 days,” Finne said.

He said additional cleaning, painting and renovations are being planned along with a grand opening in the coming weeks.

“We’re getting ready to repaint,” Finne said. “Then we’ll have a remodel, change a few things up, put some booths back in, and move the waitress station and the counter. We hope to have it all done for the grand opening.”

Cafe hours will be 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Building owner Donna Schurmeier placed an ad in the Aug. 22 edition of the New Richmond News indicating that the Next Door Cafe was to reopen on Saturday, Aug. 24, with Finne taking over as her partner/opeator.

But that ad appeared to be premature as Kim’s Cafe owner Kim Anderson had not vacated the building after Schurmeier had given Anderson a formal notice terminating tenancy on July 19.

“I evicted her, and she was supposed to be out on Aug. 21. She refused to go,” Schurmeier said.

Schurmeier took the matter to small claims court. According to court documents, Kim Anderson and co-defendant Dean Anderson owed more than $33,000 in back rent and property tax payments.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, St. Croix Circuit Court Judge Edward Vlack ruled that Schurmeier was entitled to immediate eviction, and by then Anderson had already vacated the premises.

Schurmeier declined to comment about the Sept. 24 court proceedings, and Anderson could not be immediately reached for comment.

Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley worked at RiverTown Multimedia from July 2013 to June 2015 as editor at the New Richmond News. 
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