Of the Keizertimes

A new restaurant aims to be Keizer’s own little breakfast nook.

It’s called Mommy and Maddi’s, and it’s located in the old Coffee Paradigm location at 4765 River Road N. [MAP: 10]

You might be familiar with owners Don and Wendi Uselman. They own White’s Restaurant in south Salem and have taken over Chad’s on 12th Street in Salem.

“Three’s enough,” Wendi said with a laugh.

Maddi Zumstein and Wendi Uselman at Mommy and Maddi’s, a breakfast and lunch nook that opened earlier this month.

“It’s not a clone of White’s,” said Don. “Just the style of service. It has its own unique style. In serving Salem and the surrounding areas for 19 years, we’ve had so many people that come from the north and they always ask us to open a place in Keizer.”

They don’t just have breakfast. The menu includes a substantial lunch selection, with a soup of the day, salads, burgers, hot dogs and deli sandwiches.

“A lot of people toast the bread, put your mayo on and add cold meat,” Don said. “Ours is all hot, clear through.”

But breakfast may be where the new eatery may make its mark. Selections vary from Maddi’s biscuits and gravy – four buttermilk biscuits smothered in sausage gravy – to meat and eggs, hotcakes, Belgium waffles and German sausage. They also offer a build-your-own-omelet selection.

They also offer a wide variety of pastries, fresh made virtually daily. Jennifer Stan is the resident baker, and made stuffed croissants, mini-lemon pies, fancy cupcakes, filled muffins, carrot and chocolate cake, and all manner of pies.

The location was chosen for its “homey and relaxing” feel, Wendi said, and they chose Keizer “because there’s nothing like this here.”

The house it stands in was built in 1914, and the motif is largely unchanged from when it was Coffee Paradigm.

“I drive around and look for places – what’s new, going in,” Wendi said. “And this place just happened to be empty. It’s a good location with good parking – and it’s a cool little house.”

“We like historical places,” Don added.

Wendi’s daughter Maddi lives in Phoenix, Ariz., but she’s about to become famous. Her picture is featured on the restaurant’s sign. On opening she was helping Mom serve the crowd.

They have wi-fi available as well. The drive-through window will serve coffee, pastries and limited menu items.