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From staff reports
Falls Overlook Cafe is bringing new items to its menu this year.
The restaurant at Falls Park opens for lunch beginning today, April 3. Springtime hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.
Owner Rhonda Milstead said some of the new features this year are a Philly cheesesteak baked in a puff pastry, a pickled-vegetable sandwich and a seafood baked potato. A popular item from fall, a kale salad with brie, apples, craisins and a maple vinaigrette, will make a full-time appearance on the menu.
Summer hours begin May 20. The cafe will open at 11 a.m. daily. Hours will run until 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday.
Once the summer hours begin, there will be live music every Friday night from 6:30 to 9, Milstead said.
The cafe has a beer and wine license, and tourists to the landmark falls like to sample local fare, she said, so this year the offerings will include a brew from Hydra Beer Co.
When Milstead opened the cafe in 2013, Reuben and chicken salad sandwiches were the most popular meals. “Now, everything sells about equally,” she said. The Chicago hot dogs, made-from-scratch soups and ice cream are among the favorites. The menu features eight flavors from Land O’Lakes, sold in cones or by the dish.
As the cafe ramps up into the full summer hours, Milstead is still looking for a few workers to help in the kitchen. She prides herself on hiring people who know Sioux Falls and can talk about the city with tourists.
“The reason that I did this is that I love people and I love to make great food for them,” she said.
Falls Overlook Cafe opens Monday, April 3, with new menu items.