Dixie’s Cafe, which has been a mainstay of downtown Coweta since it opened in 2013, will close May 28.
Owners Dixie Olsen and Amanda Mafemi will host a “Farewell Come-n-Go” event 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 29 to thank their customers for their support.
In a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Olsen said the reason for the closing was due to ongoing health issues with which she has been struggling.
“We can’t lie we are broken at this decision as Food, Faith, and Family are what we are called to do, to serve others, helping so many come together ‘Making Memories Around The Meal Table,’” Olsen wrote in the post. “We will miss the faces, the friendships, the children’s pictures hanging on our walls and catering your special events.”
The cafe will be open regular hours through May 28. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The cafe moved to its current location in 2018 in a building remodeled by Lance and Kristen Goodson that once served as home to Coweta’s historic Green Parrot Cafe.
“The whole purpose of us coming up here is I could not fit another body in (our former) restaurant. We were always maxed out on Saturdays,” Olson to the Wagoner County American-Tribune in 2018. “This afforded us another 12 seats inside and 20 more outside counting the tables in Graham Park and we’ve already been at capacity.”
Olson and Mafemi’s restaurant was built on always using original recipes and focusing on their passion of family, faith and food.
“We believe this is the community God brought us to after our losses,” Olson said at the reopening in 2018. “There will never be a day that the boys do not live through us, and not a day goes by where they’re not mentioned in our homes or businesses and the profound way they touched our lives.”
Those boys were Olsen’s son and Mafemi’s brother, Brandon, who died of cystic fibrosis, and Mafemi’s late husband, Mudi.
Dixie’s Cafe was instrumental in opening a food pantry as a way to provide assistance to those in need, just one of the reasons why the restaurant won Coweta Business of the Year in 2018. The owners also honored their loved ones by raising awareness and resources for those battling cystic fibrosis through the business.
“While we do this for a living, it’s not about money. It’s about common family, friends and bonds that I believe will last a lifetime,” Olson said.