Keller Citizen

Old Keller City Hall to become new cafe

This city photo shows Keller City Hall, with the fire station and police department, in 1978 at 110 West Vine St.
This city photo shows Keller City Hall, with the fire station and police department, in 1978 at 110 West Vine St. City of Keller

The building that used to house Keller’s City Hall and jail will soon be serving up pancakes.

Keller’s former City Hall, 110 West Vine St. in Old Town Keller, is currently being renovated into Seven Mile Cafe’s newest location.

Seven Mile Cafe -- named in reference to Seven Mile Beach in the Grand Cayman Islands, where the owners honeymooned -- is “more hip and forward-thinking than most breakfast places,” said owner Kevin Klingele.

“Our primary goal, which a lot of restaurants lose sight of, is to delight our customers,” Klingele said. “We put an innovative twist on the classic dishes that make it a better experience for the customer.”

Kevin and his wife, Josi, own the cafe’s two locations, in Denton and Highland Village, and a separate coffee shop in Denton. It serves breakfast and lunch, with menus highlighted by an “enormous coffee bar,” 10 kinds of pancakes and even more eggs Benedict dishes.

Kevin Klingele said the restaurant aims to be an “integral part of the community” around each of its locations, and “that’s one of the things that attracted us to Keller.” The Klingeles liked the current renovations of Old Town Keller, which the city aims to make more of a pedestrian-friendly destination spot.

“I think what we do and what they’re trying to accomplish by revitalizing that area is a really good fit,” Kevin Klingele said. “(The city of Keller was) looking for a different use for that building and set it aside for something similar to what we do.”

The old building was first the city’s fire station beginning in 1962. Since then, city hall staff, the fire department and police department have come and gone, until 2013, when the fire administration moved to the newer Keller Town Hall for good.

Rachel Reynolds, the city’s spokeswoman, said the city has known it wanted to sell the property for a while,but “we just need to find the right buyer.”

“City leaders wanted to attract a business that would complement the dining and entertainment district that’s been developing in Old Town in recent years, and Seven Mile Cafe checks all the boxes: It’s a sit-down, family-friendly regional chain with small-town character and great food,” Reynolds said. “Residents have also long requested more breakfast/brunch places in town; they’ve asked for more healthy options – Seven Mile has an impressive menu of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free items — and it will help boost daytime traffic in the Old Town District.”

Seven Mile’s renovations began in the fall, as it worked to turn the “hodgepodge of a lot of different rooms” into an open-room restaurant, Klingele said. Seven Mile will save some of the original brick and ceiling, to try to “keep the Old Town fell but modernize the building.”

Klingele said the cafe is expected to open by the end of the summer.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST