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June 14, 2018
“Someday” has arrived for Baltic diners.
The town north of Sioux Falls gained its only restaurant earlier this week when Someday Cafe opened downtown.
“It’s been 8½ to 10 years of working on this. We finally did it,” said Mike Frerichs, who owns the business with his wife, Kim.
They bought the property, which includes a house, in 2008, intending to use it for rental income, but the restaurant space got them thinking. They decided they wanted to have a small-town cafe, so in 2010, they moved into the house themselves, gutted the restaurant space and slowly started to rebuild.
“People would come walking by while I was working outside and ask about the progress,” Frerichs said. “Our response was ‘someday.’ ”
That became the easy choice for the cafe’s name.
Frerichs worked most of his life in the kitchen at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, ending up as one of the lead chefs. He debated working at another restaurant to get his skills as a line cook into shape but decided that since Someday was “going to be my show,” he’d figure it out as he went.
“We’re on Day 2, and I’ve learned so much in a short amount of time,” he said Wednesday.
He’s starting with a simple lunch and dinner menu that fits a small-town cafe and plans to build from there. Diners will find appetizers, seven burgers — including a patty melt — sandwiches, a couple of pasta dishes and a chef salad. Dinner choices, which are served all day, range from steak and chicken to beer-battered cod and coconut shrimp. There’s a kids’ menu and, of course, a lunch special with the usual dishes like a hot beef sandwich and meatloaf.
If there’s enough community support, he’ll consider adding breakfast.
Frerichs didn’t put in a TV or a clock because he wants customers to relax and enjoy the food and conversation.
“Remember when our parents used to go to someone’s house and have coffee for a couple of hours? That doesn’t happen very much anymore.”
He also envisions events such as a coffee social with desserts, where people “can come and just hang out.”
Someday Cafe is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Baltic gained its only restaurant earlier this week when Someday Cafe opened.