Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Closing in eight days: Madame Hatter's Tea Room

Posted by on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 5:17 PM

One of the last of the Kansas tearooms, Madame Hatter's, closes this month.
  • One of the last of the Kansas tearooms, Madame Hatter's, closes this month.


When restaurateur Bonnie Freeland moved her dainty little tearoom, Madame Hatter's Tea Room -- which served surprisingly delicious lunches and fabulous desserts --  from Eudora, Kansas, to bigger quarters in Bonner Springs in 2009, it seemed like a positive development. But apparently not: Freeland is closing her business on June 15.

She's keeping her fans notified on the restaurant's Facebook page of any available last-minute reservations. Freeland will start selling furnishings from the restaurant starting on June 21.

Freeland hasn't been so accessible to the press (The Bonner Springs Chieftain would like to do a story about the restaurant closing), but wrote a farewell note to her regular customers and fans, posted on the restaurant's Facebook page: "I know God has a plan for us all and I am excited to see where he leads us on our next journey. Don't be surprised if you see us again someday."

A Bonner Springs resident, Twyla Williams, has her own theory on why Freeland is closing her tearoom: "A new restaurant, Freseros Mexican Restaurant, opened right next door to the tearoom," she says. "It serves excellent Mexican food, very inexpensive. And they serve beer! I think the competition killed them."

One might think that the two Bonner Springs restaurants would have very different customers, but who knows? Maybe it really all came down to the difference between tea ... and Tecate.

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