Business & economy

Willowcreek’s landmark cafe is back in business

Todd Gregory preps a chicken sandwich order as one of the new owners of the landmark Willowcreek Store and Café. He says the cafe provides a community hub. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

WILLOWCREEK – Outside, gray overcast skies promised and soon delivered rain, but inside the Willowcreek Store and Café Wednesday afternoon a modest crowd rested at polished tables over cheeseburgers and salads.

Between the kitchen and the long, wood bar, new owner Todd Gregory peered across the tables, chatted with employee Vanessa Evers and prepared to get behind the big grill. 

“I have always wanted to operate a restaurant, and this is a known business around here,” said Gregory.

After the store and café closed briefly at the end of the summer, Gregory and his wife Susan inked . . .