Sommerset Hall Café: A gathering place for the locals, known nationally for its pies!
In July 2006, Everette and Judy Thomas remodeled and reopened the café for Dover. At the main intersection in town, the cafe had been a gathering place for many years. The cafe fills a need for folks in the community to have a place to gather, socialize, and also be able to dine and purchase convenience items.
Connie Miller, Everette’s sister, manages the cafe, which is known in the region for its friendly service and great food. The quaint cafe garnered national attention in November 2008, when Norma Grubb, the cafe’s pie-maker, won a Good Morning America contest “Best Pie in America.” The honor took the café and Dover by storm.
Norma was celebrated and folks came from everywhere to get a piece of her famous pie. Even Diane Sawyer called asking the cafe to ship a coconut cream pie so she could take it on her Christmas yacht trip. Have you ever shipped a coconut cream pie?
Norma achieved the lifetime goal of making more than 10,000 pies during the time she worked for current and previous proprietors of the Dover business. She retired frm pie making at the age of 89.
Sadly Norma passed away in 2011, but her legacy and tradition of famous pie at the Dover cafe continues.
Folks from all over the area enjoy eating at the café, and on Friday nights you may find them from as far away as Wamego, St. Marys, Auburn, Rossville, Eskridge, Harveyville, Burlingame, Silver Lake, and other small towns in the area. Friday night is the famous fried chicken night on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month. Alternating weeks the Friday night special changes with a varied menu.
The café supports many community events and organizations, including Dover Church food pantry, Mission Valley FFA, Mission Valley FCCLA, PTO, After Prom, sports and academics. The cafe also supports Dover Fire Department, Dover Community Center, various 4-H clubs, as well as area town activities and events.
It’s a friendly place, and we hope you will come to the café and meet the folks of Dover. We know you’ll enjoy the visit!