BINFORD, N.D. – The Hub Cafe in Binford is hosting a breakfast buffet Saturday to raise funds so it can continue serving the community.
Proceeds from the June 27 breakfast/brunch, which will be held from 7 to 11 a.m., will help pay for the cafe’s overhead expenses, including utilities and insurance, said Theresa Fiebiger, Binford Economic Development Corp. treasurer.
The last weekend in June is when Binford Days and a rodeo usually are held in the town of about 170, located 90 miles southwest of Grand Forks. However, both of those events were canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Binford 5K race, which is held during Binford Days, was canceled in April 2020, then rescheduled a couple of weeks ago.
“We felt like we could do it with responsible social distancing,” said Brittany Fiebiger, race coordinator and Theresa Fiebiger’s daughter-in-law.
Meanwhile, the race, also a fundraiser, has been growing each year, Fiebeger said. Last year, nearly 60 runners participated. This year, besides the 5K, the Binford race will have a youth run of .5 to 1 mile in length.
The Binford EDC came up with the idea to host a breakfast to raise money for the cafe on race day. The EDC owns and operates the cafe, which reopened last fall after being closed for a few years.
Jessica Overby cooks, serves the meals and washes the dishes at Hub Cafe.
“Right now, she’s the everything,” Theresa Fiebiger said.
Overby acknowledges her days are hectic, but enjoys her work.
“I love my job,” Overby said. I’ve always liked to cook. I love my customers. I’ve lived here all my life.”
During the coronavirus pandemic when restaurants were closed for in-house dining, Overby served take-out lunches. Now, the cafe is open six days a week, but take-out meals, especially during the noon hour, remain popular.
Still, in a small town, it's difficult to have enough daily business to stay afloat.
"People need to be very intentional about patronizing the cafe," said Theresa Fiebiger, noting that keeping the cafe in business is not only challenging, but necessary. “We need the cafe desperately because it really helps main street businesses."
Binford, which bills itself as “the biggest little town in North Dakota,” has a thrift store, beauty shop-massage therapy shop, grocery/hardware store, gas station and bar on main street.
Like Fiebiger, Overby believes the cafe’s presence helps other Binford businesses and vice versa.
“People get their oil changed and come to the cafe,” Overby said.
“When the cafe was closed, we noticed when we drove through the main street, there wasn’t a single car on the street,” Theresa Fiebiger said.
The Saturday breakfast will feature scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, ham, sausage and treats. A minimum donation of $10 is suggested.
Throughout the past several months since the cafe reopened, Fiebiger has sought monetary donations from individuals to help keep the cafe in business. She said she hopes the breakfast will be the beginning of organized, ongoing donations.
“We can’t make it without people eating there, and the donations,” Fiebiger said.
Race registration begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 27, on Binford’s main street. Waivers will need to be signed. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for youth, ages 10 and younger.