The MidPoint Cafe was built in the late 1940's / early 1950's by Jennie Van der Wort of Adrian, Texas. Initially it was simply a one-room cafe. It was first leased to Zella Crim, a life-long waitress who had long dreamed of operating her own cafe. Zella had come to Adrian from Oklahoma specifically to build her own restaurant. She had many different specialties, especially her barbeque. Unfortunately, she kept those recipes to herself and never shared them. They operated a small outdoor small fire / bbq pit on the east side of the original and had firewood brought in all the way from Oklahoma (not that there was much wood in the TX panhandle to burn).
Zella’s Café and Gas Station
Zella passed away in the late ‘50s and “Zella’s,” as it was then known as, was sold to Dub Edmonds and Jesse Fincher. An extensive addition was made to the original building. Jesse and Dub added much needed space to the building.
They enlarged the cafe to its present size and converted the original cafe into the town's “banquet/community room,” where many parties and meetings were held. The new addition included living quarters above the restaurant. This was the original “Jesse’s Cafe.”
Banquet / Community Room
The gas station to the west of the cafe also underwent renovations with the addition of a canopy over the original structure. This addition was built directly over and around the older building...if looked at closely, the first building can be seen under the newer portion. Jesse ran the cafe portion of the business while Dub operated the gas station.
Business was good when Route 66 was the main highway….the cafe was operated 24 hours a day and was one of five cafe’s in the Adrian area. When Route 66 was by-passed by Interstate 40 in the late 60’s, Jesse and Dub opened a second “Jesse's Cafe” in Wildorado, 26 miles east of Adrian. They eventually sold the Adrian location to concentrate on business in Wildorado. That cafe became a very successful venture, serving I-40 travelers and citizens of Amarillo who knew about Jesse’s cooking… especially his pies.
The original cafe in Adrian didn’t fare as well, sitting off of I-40 on the old road that had once been “bumper to bumper traffic.” Jesse and Dub sold the cafe in 1976 to Terry and Peggy Crietz of Adrian, who operated the cafe for a short while before selling to Bob and Ann Wood. Bob and Ann kept the name “Peggy’s” and ran the cafe for 10 years before selling to Rachel Ruiz, who opened the cafe as “Rachel’s.” After two fires, one of which destroyed the upstairs living quarters, the cafe roof was rebuilt to the configuration as it now appears. Shortly afterwards, the café was sold again to Vega resident Ronnie Johnson.