Jay Wergin was born and raised in Green Bay WI (with family still there) he has always been a fan of Midwest comfort food, the food items served at supper clubs, church picnics and back yard BBQ’s. With his Midwest heritage as a motivator, he suggested the idea to his good friend Jeff Loren to open a restaurant that specialized in tried and true, classic comfort food from the Heartland. With Jeff’s 25 years in the food industry, he thought the idea sounded great! The location in the Admiral District of West Seattle seemed ideal. Together with Jeff’s restaurant experience and Jay’s marketing and creative influences, the Heartland Cafe has become reality. Formed under the West Seattle Sausage Company LLC the restaurant features affordable dinning with an emphasis on family.
Along with the Heartland Cafe came the Benbow Room. The bar has been named this because of the Admiral Benbow Inn restaurant of 50 years that operated out of this location. As a longstanding neighbor to the area, Jay Wergin knew that if the old Pirate Ship themed bar were to be resurrected, it would be an instant hit. There are no other bars of this kind in Seattle! And it has become a landmark institution in itself. Come and see for your self.
Our mission is to provide a friendly, neighborhood café serving Midwestern comfort food like mom used to make.
The Heartland Café makes many of it’s food items from scratch – from it’s salad dressings and beer mustard, to it’s meatloaf and mac-n-cheese. With the Café as a “doorway to the public” in introducing items such as our breakfast sausage and beer mustard, we hope to one day grow our business to offer fresh made sausage available through farmers markets, groceries stores and beyond.