BY MICHAEL REISIG –
Nat Nat’s Café is the latest eating establishment in Hatfield, Ark. The owners, Amanda Ruch and Brandy McCoy, will tell you it’s not based on fancy, it’s based on good food at reasonable prices, and they are living up to their word.
Amanda Ruch said the restaurant is named after her daughter. Ruch was born in Houston but her family moved to South County about 15 years ago, and she grew up in the area. She went to school in Cove and graduated in 2006. After high school, she joined the Army and served for three and one-half years, before returning to Hatfield.
Ruch and McCoy have been best friends for a long time and they recently decided to team up and open a restaurant. They leased an existing restaurant building called Jordan’s Café, changed the name, and went about making a success of themselves. Ruch explained that McCoy had a background in the restaurant business. Although Amanda Ruch was in a serious automobile accident sometime back, and is partially paralyzed, she is still doing what she wants to do. Nat Nat’s Café opened on July 1 of this year.
Ruch explained that “homemade” is what they’re all about and the menu reflects simple, very tasty foods.
“We offer burger baskets with fries, steak finger baskets, chicken baskets and shrimp as well,” Ruch explained. “We do very tasty Mex/Tex foods – Taco Salad, Fiesta Salad, and Nachos Supreme, and we have great sandwiches like bacon, lettuce, and tomato, chicken, patty melts, grilled chicken, Philly steak, ham and cheese, and turkey and cheese.”
In addition, Nat Nat’s offers delicious salads like grilled chicken and chef salads.
“For dinners we have chicken fried steak, chicken fillets, and grilled chicken breast,” Ruch said. “We’ve got side orders of fries, chili cheese fries, and tator tots, and we have a kid’s menu. Everyone really likes our burgers, which are a half-pound of meat cooked the way you like it.
“In addition, we offer daily specials,” she continued. “Friday is our catfish special – fresh and delicious. On Wednesdays, we have a big burger basket, and Tuesdays, is our Mexican food special day. We specialize in home-style cooking. No one goes away hungry and we try to keep our prices reasonable.
Ruch said they have customers coming from Mena and Cove to enjoy their food, and they’re a Christian-operated business.
“We’d like everyone to just stop by and try us,” Rush added. “Just stop by and see what Nat Nat’s home cooking is all about!”