WICHITA — Cathy Hetterscheidt is back in the former 54 Diner space at 206 E. Kellogg where she and Judi Young briefly had Lilli Mae's.
The two had a falling out and Hetterscheidt left to start her own place in the former Takhoma Burger space at 816 S. Broadway, but it didn't work out.
"It was just a lot more than I bargained for there," Hetterscheidt says of readying the building.
She says Young invited her back to Lilli Mae's to help out. Hetterscheidt returned and says she began investing time and money until the landlord locked them out of the building.
"I was like, 'What?' I had just put all this money in it . . . to get her rolling again."
After a time, Hetterscheidt says the landlord let her take over the lease.
The new Cathy's Diner sign should be up soon.
Hetterscheidt's plans are the same as they were for the Broadway space — a Coca Cola theme and a little something to attract people of all ages.
She'll also begin offering a salad bar July 18.
Hetterscheidt hoped Young would stay.
"I was actually going to try to keep her on as a cook," she says. "She just decided she didn't want to be there anymore."