When The Yellow Cup Cafe celebrated its soft opening on Saturday, it was a dream come true for Shannon Hayden.
“This has been my dream for about 12 years,” she said, standing in her new cafe, which still bustled with customers close to closing time.
The Yellow Cup Cafe is a coffee shop in downtown Story City, which is open for breakfast and lunch and has a motto of “Grab and Go or Grab and Stay.”
Hayden and her husband Lee, and their daughters Ellie and Julia Fauteux, want to offer the community more than just an eatery. They want to create a gathering place — a place you can even show up by yourself and find friends to sit with.
When the family left San Diego four years ago to move to Story City, they were looking for more than a new location. They were looking for a new home where they felt like part of the community. Story City quickly showed itself to be that desired change.
The Yellow Cup Cafe is a place you can grab a bite to eat and go — or you can grab a bite and stay. With quick order filling at the cash register, customers are welcome to find a table and are even encouraged to stay, visit, play board games or use the cafe’s Wi-Fi, which will be up and running soon.
The menu is a collection of sips and bites:
Hot sips, like traditional drip coffee, coffee brewed in a pour-over system, hot chocolate and hot tea. Cold sips like water, soda, juice and iced tea.
Breakfast bites include a breakfast burrito with eggs, sausage and cheese, wrapped in a flour tortilla or a breakfast bake, which is eggs, bacon, cheese, bell peppers and onions.
Lunch bites offerings are egg salad on a croissant roll or cold sammies with a choice of turkey, ham, pastrami or roast beef. Also available is a turkey bacon avocado wrap, which is combined with cream cheese and cheddar in a flour tortilla. There are also a variety of salads and sides that come from Hayden’s own recipes.
Shannon Hayden is the cook for the savory dishes, and Ellie Fauteux is the baker of the goodies — things like peanut butter cookies, banana muffins, scotcheroos and slices of cake. Ellie is a junior studying culinary arts at DMACC and is already putting those lessons to good use. Julia is creating a variety of art to decorate the restaurant.
“My passion and my love language has always been to feed my family,” Shannon Hayden said. “Everything you see on the menu is something I make for my husband and kids.
“I just wanted to offer a healthy alternative, using as many local foods as possible.”
The Yellow Cup Cafe serves meats, bread and produce from Story City Locker, Great Harvest Co., Crescentia Farms and Red Granite Farm.
Located at 601 Broad St., the cafe is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.