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Who remembers this Cafe?

February 7, 2014 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director

Perhaps someone out there recalls this café ?  The information I have with this photo is that it is at the corner of Main and Hwy 71.  Could this be where the Cenex is now?


  1. Matt says:

    This is where the cenex is now.the cafe was called the chili pepper they had great Mexican food! In the 1970’s pat and Marilyn Donahue had it and was called the dairy sweet.

  2. Clint Darchuk says:

    Chilly Pepper

  3. Julie & Mark Bethel says:

    Mark said before Mexican food it was a tasty freeze with a mini golf

  4. Pat Cadreau says:

    It was where Cenex is now, it was owned by Hilko’s she worked for RDO in the office

    • rhonda swanson says:

      this was the chili pepper

    • Dorothy says:

      If my memory serves me correctly,the name of “The Chili Pepper” comes to mind as the name for the Mexican Restaurant.

      And, Pat is correct, Cenex is on that corner now.

  5. Tim Little says:

    It was the Dairy Sweet. You got 10 burgers and a pound of frys for $10 in 1970’s owned by Pat Donahue.

  6. Lee Ludwig says:

    This was the Chili Pepper it was amazing!!! Best tacos ever!!

  7. chick says:

    Chilly Pepper, building was the old Dairy Sweet, which also had minigolf. Restaurant was there until at least 1994.

  8. Jen says:

    The chili pepper?

  9. Amy says:

    Chilly Pepper!!

  10. jh says:

    The Chilli Pepper!! It was awesome. They had a poster of peppers with scoville units on the wall!

  11. Patti says:

    It was there when my young family moved not Park Rapids 18 years ago this month! Crazy how much our area has changed (and my family as well) since then!

  12. Melanie Weaver says:

    It was the old Chili Pepper, located where the Cenex store in on Main Ave and 7 North! Many Good times there!

  13. Shanna says:

    Also later known as the Chillie Pepper. Owned by Naders.

  14. Shanna says:

    The Chillie Pepper owned by Naders in the 1990’s.

  15. Jason Talbert says:

    Ahh the chilli pepper…so sad it went away. The tacos were awesome!

    • From Nancy Newman:
      Before Cenex, it was CHILLY PEPPER.

      It was started by Tom & Cathy Hilko.
      He worked at Thielen’s and she RDO.

      I worked for them!

      They sold it to Leroy and Cathie Nater.
      I also worked for them off and on until they decided
      to either expand or sell – and they did the later.

      I have a picture of the sign on 71 and also pictures
      from the last day.

      I have an old menu.

      I also have a pink t-shirt which I wore when working there.

      I also invented their Chilly Burrito.

  16. Shirley Potter says:

    Yes it was where Centex is now. in the early to mid 70s high school kids would go there for lunch. Pretty sure the original owner was Pat Donahue. But can’t remember the name of the place. It was a burger and ice cream place had seating for maybe 8 people

  17. Bill Wright says:

    Pat Donahue started the business as the “Dairy Sweet” in about 1970 or 71.

  18. JD says:

    This was Chili Pepper…

  19. J2 says:

    The chili pepper! It was an awesome spot

  20. T says:

    It was the Chili Pepper and was, indeed, owned by Cathy and Tom Hilko who sold it when they moved out of town in the early 90s. Definitely a favorite in town. Right up there with Dixie Drive-in.

  21. peter wilson says:

    Is that at the north terminus of Main street, where Herb Stone had his gas station from about 1930 to 1954?

  22. Julie Snow says:

    Chilly Pepper!!

  23. Edna kako says:

    Chilly pepper qnd the guy that owned it died.

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