Daily Star photo/KATIE ROHMAN The families of Jeff Harrell and Rick Wolkens, co-owners of Crossroads Family Restaurant, pose in front of their new business. Crossroads, formerly the Stop In Family Restaurant, re-opened today at 6 a.m.

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Business keeping it in the family

Published 6:14pm Friday, October 28, 2011

A new Niles business is keeping its employees all in the family, and has even adopted the slogan “a place where family and kids come together.”
Niles residents Jeff Harrell and Rick Wolkens purchased the Stop In Family Restaurant from Dave McCarty last week, and re-opened it at 6 a.m. today as “Crossroads Family Restaurant.”
Harrell has experience working at area pizzerias, and most recently owned Pine Lake Pizza in downtown Niles. He had been making pizzas out of the Stop In before he purchased it from McCarty.
Harrell chose the Stop In for his latest business venture because of its “good, established location” at the corner of Barron Lake Road and M-6o.  He said he changed the restaurant’s name because he “wanted a fresh start.”
Both Harrell’s and Wolkens’ families — each has a wife and four children — will be involved in Crossroads.
The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, including pizza, sandwiches and garlic bread. They are also plans to eventually have a fish fry every Saturday night.
Harrell said customers can expect “fair prices” and “good portions” at Crossroads.

Crossroads Family Restaurant is located at 1201 Barron Lake Rd. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Monday. It can be reached at 684-8100.


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  • Nilesgal

    All right Jeff and Rick, way to go! You finally got that no good cheating *&^%% Dave outta there! I wish you guys all the best luck in the world! Niles needed to get rid of Dave in the worst way possible, now that others know this, I’ll bet your business will be hopping! Congrats to both families, all the best!

  • myopinion

    Restaurant is located at the corner of Barron Lake Rd.
    and M-60, not M-62.

  • cat59

    I agree with Nilesgal.That guy Dave was not a very good boss and he was creepy.

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