By Rebecca Rose
Killeen Daily Herald
LAMPASAS - Diners don't have to mourn the loss of a local favorite anymore.
Yumm Factory, which closed in August, has re-opened in a new location and added new items to the menu.
"It was a really popular place. It was a hometown hangout," said Burton Gammill, assistant manager of Yumm Factory and sister of owner, Sandra Julian.
In 2008, Texas Monthly magazine dubbed the establishment, which originally opened in summer 2006, one of the "40 Best Small Town Cafes in Texas."
Known for its "country-style" food, Gammill said the cuisine dates back to the siblings' life growing up on a farm on the New Mexico border. "Our mom used to cook large, home-cooked meals for harvesting crews," he said. "That was where Sandra learned her craft."
Gammill said Yumm Factory was very profitable but problems with space and traffic led his sister to consider a change.
"She never really expected it to be as it was," he said. "It was a small space that wasn't designed to have as much business as it had." Long waits during the lunch rush became hectic, deterring the profitable lunchtime crowd.
Gammill said while the economic downturn hurt the business like many others, it was the construction overhaul of the city's Main Street that eventually signaled the end of the cafe. "Everything kind of culminated to the fact that we kind of decided to close," he said. "We struggled with this for a long time. It was a difficult decision."
Yumm Factory shuttered on Aug. 28. But a few short months later, Gammill said they eyed a property that seemed ripe for a new cafe. The building had once been occupied by a popular restaurant, "Alfredo's Mexican."
"Ironically, we live on the adjoining property," said Gammill. The new location seemed like a better mix of exposure and traffic, prompting the siblings to try again with another Yumm Factory, which officially opened Oct. 7.
Gammill said originally they wanted to open a Mexican food restaurant but thought their loyal regulars would miss the old Yumm menu. So he and his sister decided to add new items to the list of familiar favorites.
"We've added New Mexico-style cuisine, which is less of a Tex-Mex," said Gammill, explaining the new menu.
New items include a green chile enchilada, and Navajo tacos served on Indian fry bread. Gammill said curious patrons tempted to try the new foods can look forward some new signature sauces, including red chile, green chile and a flavored crema sauce.
"We do still serve our Yumm breakfast all day long," he said.
Gammill said they were leasing-to-purchase the new space on U.S. Highway 190. As for the old location, which is still owned by Julian, he said they will either sell or lease the space, depending on the interest.
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If you go
The Yumm Factory, 8176 E. U.S. Highway 190 in Lampasas, is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to www.theyummfactory.com/.