The old gas station on Hixson Pike—across from the old Greenlife—is now officially open as a new café called The Farmer's Daughter.
Last week, owners Ann Keener and her husband, Mike Mayo, started serving friends and family—although after a Facebook post, more people came by—and they had a soft opening over the weekend.
The duo has worked for more than a year on the project.
Keener, who grew up on Sequatchie Cove Farm and learned how to cook seasonal farm produce, is the café's namesake.
She followed her love of cooking to Mexico and Ireland, where she honed her craft through internships and cookery courses, she said, according to Nooga.com archives.
She and Mayo want to support local foods and the area’s farmers, they told Nooga.com last March.
The duo will start with only breakfast and lunch but will eventually expand to dinner. But details about that haven't been nailed down, Keener said.
"We are being a little ambiguous about when to expand to dinner," she said Monday morning. "We are keeping ourselves very busy doing breakfast and lunch."
They have a beer and liquor license, so customers can get drinks there.
The space is about 2,500 square feet inside and about 1,800 square feet of covered seating and about 1,500 square feet of open seating outside.
The duo's landlord is Chuck Pruett, who is the former owner of Greenlife. In May 2010, Pruett sold Greenlife to Whole Foods. Pruett isn't an investor and doesn't have any equity in the business, Keener said.
Sign up for our email list to get your morning news delivered directly to your inbox. All we need is your email address.