A History Rooted in True Central Minnesota Americana
Located in what was originally the local dairy creamery, The Old Creamery Café is steeped in history. Our roots date back to 1914, when the Rice Creamery was first established. At that time it was a facility where local farmers could bring and sell their dairy milk to be churned into butter. In 1942 the building became an official Land O' Lakes Creamery facility, providing milk and butter to US troops during WWII.
Serving a dual purpose, the Creamery also operated as an Ag Co-Op, providing seed, fertilizer, hardware, and other related goods. Butter was produced at the facility well into the 1970s and it served as a bulk milk station until 1982 when a location change took place. Moving across Rice's railroad tracks, the new building was recognized as the Creamery Center. It opened in 1983 and was complete with a carwash, laundry mat, and short order café.
A short three years later, in 1986, our current owner, Mark Larson, took over complete ownership of the building. And since 1989 we have been known as The Old Creamery Café and Creative Catering. Today we strive to honor our dairy creamery roots by serving authentic home-style foods complete with a nostalgic feel of a bygone era and a welcoming staff.
Meet Our Family-Oriented Staff
Recognized as a family-owned and operated cafe, we have a dedicated team who take great pride in the business. Mark's son, Nate Larson, has actively worked in both the Café and Catering businesses for over 25 years and is currently managing the restaurant. Mark's daughter, Cindy, has been an active staff member on-and-off for nearly just as many years and currently waitresses at the Café on the weekends.
Always looking to be an active member of the community, we have proudly provided many area teenagers their first job experience. We also have a number of employees who have been with us for many years. Whether you live down the road or are just passing through, we hope you stop in at our little corner of the world in Rice, Minnesota to meet our exceptional staff, enjoy a filling meal, and partake in a unique dining experience.