By Lynne Beard
For the Star-Gazette
Locals can put the Chef Boyardee away. Hollywood’s has come to town and not for a 15-minute retake. Holly Force opened the cafe on Sept. 24 and a sigh of relief can be heard from Chandlerville residents who want a hot home-cooked meal at a reasonable price and a place to socialize.
Holly’s husband Chuck, is cooking up delicious home-cooked meals, including daily lunch and dinner specials and tasty desserts. My favorites are the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn special on Wednesday and biscuits and gravy.
Holly purchased the cafe “to bring some life back to town.” And she is doing just that. Main Street is full of traffic; the cafe is busy all the time. The first Friday she was open was so busy customers were waiting outside for a table. The local card players have a place to deal cards and the 9 a.m. coffee hour has been restored. All is right in the world again. I overheard one resident say, “It’s nice to see cars parked on Main Street.”
Hollywood’s serves up appetizers: onion rings, mozzarella sticks, crawdad tails, breaded mushrooms and wings with a variety of sauces. Sandwiches include burgers, tenderloins, pony/horseshoes. Dinners: roast pork loin, chicken breast, chicken strips, 12 oz. ribeye with choice of potato, veg. or side salad and roll. Sides include fries, baked potato, and salads. Fish on Fridays: tilapia, buffalo, catfish fillet, whole catfish, choice of two (baked beans, slaw, potato salad or mac salad). There are daily specials and desserts and a full breakfast menu.
Holly and Chuck are a young couple who care about the village they call home, and with help from family, they are lifting the spirits and morale of the whole community. It is a welcome sight as our community continues to decline in population and businesses.
Let’s celebrate this new awakening of life over dinner at Hollywood’s Cafe.