A dining institution has returned to Red Deer’s downtown.
Club Cafe opened on Monday, serving up a similar mix of Chinese and Western cuisine as its namesake had for decades before at the same location.
Owner Julie Mac said the 5019 Ross St. premises have undergone major renovations since the previous Club Cafe closed in May 2006.
“We changed a lot. Inside, about 99 per cent is new.”
Customers can still order meals or opt for a buffet, with seating for about 100 in public and private dining rooms.
Mac said the reaction of her early customers has been positive, with the Club Cafe name prompting immediate recognition from many.
Located between the former Buffalo Hotel and Sisson Furs, the Club Cafe operated for nearly 80 years before closing. Bow Chan was the last owner.
Mac said she felt there was a lack of Chinese food and buffets in Red Deer’s downtown. She thinks her restaurant is a good option for people working in the area who have limited time to eat.
Club Cafe is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. In addition to lunch and dinner buffets, it offers a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.