Rustik's owner and operator traces her roots in the restaurant business back to her great grandmother and grandmother.

While Stafford’s Curtis Café may have recently shut its doors, the Curtis family legacy in the restaurant business lives on 20 miles to the west just off of US Highway 50.

Mandee Solko--the great granddaughter of Mary Marie Teder Curtis, who originally opened the Curtis Café--has launched a new restaurant in Macksville.

Mandee Solko opened Rustik’s at 209 Main Street on November 30. She admits that the restaurant business “kind of runs in my blood.” Besides her great grandmother Curtis’ café in Stafford, her grandmother ran the Hiway Café in Macksville in the 1950s.

Mandee moved to Macksville from Larned to be closer to where her children attend school. She ran a restaurant there, Delicious Creations, for 1 ½ years and still operates a catering business out of Larned under the same name.

As one who enjoyed dining at Rustik’s one recent weekday afternoon, the servings are generous and the prices are reasonable. And just when you think you can’t eat another bite, the waitress offers dessert. I took mine with me.

Rustik’s has an active Facebook presence ( which is updated regularly and features the daily lunch special.

If you are passing through Macksville around lunchtime or would simply like to expand your culinary horizons, Rustik’s is well worth the drive.