Bob Minderler had operated The Borderline Restaurant in the little building at 3002 Stringfellow Road in Saint James City from 1995 until 2000. Jackie Schebal, until last year, had operated Jackie's Restaurant in the same location. Now the two are back home at Hobo's Canal View Cafe.
Minderler is the owner of the new cafe and has brought on board Marianne Minor as manager and Schebal as cook. Schebal, known by everyone as just Jackie, has been cooking on the island for over 20 years, primarily breakfast and lunch. "We're going with the same menu that Jackie's had," said Minor. "The home- cooked meals, Mexican food and our very hearty breakfasts are just as they always have been, which is why we've hit the ground running. Islanders are happy Jackie is back in the kitchen."
Jackie points out there are some dishes on the menu that are unique to Hobo's. "We have mullet, meatloaf and liver and onions. No other restaurant on the island serves these home-cooked favorites."
Jackie Schebal dishes up a hearty breakfast in Hobo’s Canal View Café’s kitchen.
Minor says there are expansion plans in the future. "We hope to open up the back room and add a waterside tiki," she explained. "And we should have our beer and wine license soon, we've already applied."
Hobo's Canal View Cafe is open 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. and, beginning in January, will also serve dinners during the winter season.