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Lilli Mae's to open in former 54 Diner

WICHITA — A new restaurant is going in the former 54 Diner space at 206 E. Kellogg.

Lilli Mae's will open Monday.

"It's going to be country cookin'," says Cathy Hetterscheidt, who is opening the restaurant with Judi Young.

The diner closed after just a few short, troubled months earlier this year. Owner Robert Potter said he planned to reopen but then died in March.

Previously, he operated his R&S Barbecue in the space.

Hetterscheidt and Young used to work together at Piccadilly, but each wanted her own place.

"Every time I go out to eat, I always think, man, where can I go get some mashed potatoes and real gravy and country cooking?" Hetterscheidt says.

That's why they're going to offer what she calls "a country way of cooking."

Hetterscheidt and Young, who will be the cook, will offer breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the 65-seat restaurant.

Breakfast will be served the entire day.