Knights Owl Cafe

Owner Chris Southerland (standing) visits with Elsberry residents Reagan Skaggs (center) and her son Michael during a recent lunch break.

Before everyone puts their stretchy waistband pants in cold storage after the grand food fest of the holidays, take pause.  For those still in sweets-n-goodies mode, yet another dessert destination stands as the finale for holiday eating gone wild.

A visit to a new eatery in Silex, the Knight Owls cafe, offers home-baked pastries galore.  

At 2 a.m. each morning while the rest of the population is still snug in their beds, Emily Sills, the cafe’s culinary artist begins her daily baking in the kitchen of the building at the corner of Main and Second Streets.  The aroma of fresh-baked goods still lingers in the air when the doors open at 6 a.m.

Sills’s passion for baking manifests itself in the shapes of cheesecakes, cupcakes, pies, cakes and breakfast rolls that can’t be beat.  The locals have learned that advance orders for carry-out homemade goods impress the taste buds of folks around the dinner table at home.  Of course, individual servings can be bought on a walk-in basis.

Chris Southerland and his family opened the restaurant several months ago in response to a general wish among the townspeople for a dining place where they can go with friends or to pick up meals.  Having opened the doors for business during the 2020 Fall Festival, the owners have been delighted with the steady patronage of their customers.  About 90% of patrons order carry-out meals.

Though the event for Fall Festival was a “soft opening,” it gave Silex residents a chance to step into the Knight Owls Cafe for the first time. Since that time, the menu has been fleshed out to offer hot sandwiches, chicken baskets and other delicious entrees.  Drinks and side items are also available for those interested in full meals.

Co-Vid has put on hold some of the traditional gatherings like the pinochle group’s Monday get-together and the early morning coffee group in the gentlemen’s table. But Southerland believes  when the crisis has passed such informal meetings will return to being a part of routine life.  The Southerlands are pleased to offer a place where “the community can come together.”  

“We want the community to know how much we appreciate their business and the positive comments that have kept us going,” remarked Chris Southerland.