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Little Bluestem, owned by Sonya Friesen, will open its doors for the first time on Wednesday, June 24. The shop will offer coffee, breakfast, lunch, a variety of baked goods and more.

Little Bluestem opening in Grant next week

New business to offer food and coffee

Little Bluestem, a new coffee shop and restaurant owned by Sonya Friesen, will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, June 24 at 310 Central Avenue in Grant.

Friesen, who was born and raised in Grant, has returned to Perkins County after years of teaching around the country. 

Her last job placed her in Georgia for five years, but she recently returned to the area to be with family.

Last Christmas, one of Friesen’s brothers suggested she open a coffee shop and bakery business, and she said it just kept moving from there and things all fell into place.

“It’s more of a restaurant than just a bakery. That’s what we need here,” Friesen said. “I’ve always loved coffee and I’ve always wanted to work in a coffee shop. And I love to bake and cook in general.” Friesen will be the sole owner of the new establishment, and she said her family has been a tremendous help during the preparations. 

She is excited and nervous as it gets closer to opening day, but finishing up the building is enough to keep her busy and distracted.

Renovations on the building that will soon host Little Bluestem began in March. 

Most of the renovations have consisted of painting and cleaning, along with adding some brick and building a counter.

Little Bluestem, which gets its name from Nebraska’s state grass, will serve coffee along with a variety of baked goods, and breakfast and lunch foods.

Friesen plans to sell coffee and other beverages, sandwiches, salads, soups in the wintertime and a variety of homemade desserts, of which there will be plenty.

Some of the baked goods and desserts Little Bluestem will sell are scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls, pies, cheesecakes, cookies and more.

Little Bluestem will be open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

 Free cinnamon rolls and coffee will be available from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. on opening day. Call 352-4466 with any questions.


The Grant Tribune-Sentinel

308-352-4311 (Phone)

PO Box 67
327 Central Ave in Grant
Grant NE 69140