McPherson family restaurateurs bring cafe concept to former Bloomsbury Bistro space

Kendra Dobson greets patrons at the new Courtyard Cafe in Prairie Village.
Kendra Dobson greets patrons at the new Courtyard Cafe in Prairie Village.

For 11 years, residents of McPherson, Kan., about three hours west of northeast Johnson County, have been flocking a charming eatery on the small city’s Main Street.

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Courtyard Cafe

• Now open in former Bloomsbury Bistro space
• Serves lunch from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
• Sandwiches, wraps and salads are all $9.25 a piece
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Starting this month, northeast Johnson County residents can enjoy that fare in Prairie Village. Judith Dobson, the proprietor of the Courtyard on Main in McPherson, and her daughter Kendra, a partner in the business, opened their new Courtyard Cafe restaurant in the space recently vacated by the Bloomsbury Bistro inside the Mission Road Antique Mall at Corinth Square last week. After a few days of soft opening, they’re now serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday.

When word came in February that the Bloomsbury Bistro would be shutting its doors after 15 years in the location, some of Dobson’s friends from the area alerted her.

“We’re at a time in our life where we wanted a little change,” Dobson said. “When we heard the bistro was closing, we came up here and took a look and said, ‘Wow, this might work.'”

The Dobsons spent a month and a half renovating the space, painting the walls an appetizing shade of green and bringing in new tableware and wall decorations. The menu features an appealing mix of light-lunch fare that’s very similar to the offerings at the pair’s original location, with a selection of sandwiches, wraps and salads, from the turkey pesto panini to the deux côtés chicken salad medley. All lunch items are $9.25. Drinks — iced tea, coffee, hot tea, bottled water and soda — are $2.25.

Dobson said the pair is looking to transfer ownership or management of the McPherson operation as they shift their attention to the new Courtyard Cafe.

The refreshed interior features green walls and new table settings.
The refreshed interior features green walls and new table settings.