It is sad to report that Clem Von Bank passed away on 6 June 2003. He will be missed in Buffalo and in the Corner Cafe. Heartfelt sympathies to the family.
The Corner Cafe is operated by Clem and Hazel Von Bank, who bought it in 1987. The older, quonset section of this unprepossessing building was moved on site around 1960. The frame addition dates from the 1980s. The food is solid plains fare, with truckers and farmers eating a lot of burgers, but there's always a soup and sandwich special (nice soups, Hazel) and maybe a hot dish. Hazel serves a lot of rhubarb stuff in season. There is an impressive crowd for lunch, both local people and the traveling public in off I-94. Our waitress says, "We feed a ton of farmers at noon. Their wives are all working." I think this is a really comfortable place to eat.--TI 6/15/99
This is my aunt & uncle's cafe. Super food, but I'm surprised you didn't mention the baked goods. Hazel's buns are a family favorite, we always ask her to bring them to any family gathering!!!--Lesa Olson, 1 October 1999
Clem and Hazel's Corner Cafe . . . has to have the best food on the prairie. They make everything from scratch; from pies and cookies to potato salad and baked ham. Their prices are fair, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. Stop in and sample their daily specials, and ask to
see the "guest book"; add your thoughts to those of people from around the world. There are poems and artwork from people who have visited from as far away as Japan and Australia, and quips and quotes from folks in the area. Clem and Hazel's Corner Café, in Buffalo, North Dakota, is truly small town . . . and world class!--Daryl Van Hale, 24 January 2000