The restaurant opened Feb. 23, but is the product of an idea born in October, 2003.
"This is something I've always wanted to do, kind of a dream of mine, and I pitched the idea to John in October," said Dean. "We did our research, and in December we made everything official. Since then we've been on the run getting things ready to open."
Elliott brings some pretty hefty credentials to the table.
"I worked for Beaumont Inn for six years, the last four and a half as dining room manager," he said. "Everything I know, I learned from Chuck Dedman. I'm a product of his teaching."
Cafe employs 26 people
College Street Cafe employs 26 people, Elliott said, some of them former Beaumont Inn employees, and they're tasked with the goal of providing good food and service at the top of the list.
"We feel in offering a great meal and great service at reasonable prices, we're a good fit for Harrodsburg," he said. "Most of the items on our dinner menu run between $5 and $7, which fits a family budget. And we think we have an exceptional staff here, with a lot of experience in pleasing the customer."
The fare is "traditional Southern, homestyle cooking," said Dean, along with burgers, appetizers and side items.
"We offer a buffet meal on Fridays at lunch and on Sundays," said Dean. "We also offer some special dishes on weekends, like sirloins and things, and we plan to add more items to our menu as we move along."
The dining room is Phase I, said Elliott.
"We're beginning to offer some banquet rooms upstairs with some internal catering, which is Phase II, and Phase II will be external catering," he said. "We have no timetable for offering those services, but I would think they will happen soon."
Elliott said some work has been done to the exterior of the building "to make it look neater," and the owners plan to do more, including some landscaping, now that warm weather is arriving.
Dining hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, buffet only.