New 1950s Diner and Pie Shop Opening in Eagan

Betty's Cafe and Pies will open on Oct. 18 along Silver Bell Road in Eagan.

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Ayman Samie fell in love with American Westerns and other classic 1950s and 60s movies while he was a child growing up in Egypt.

And it is his love for those old films—and anything else Americana—that decades later has served as the inspiration for his new restaurant. Samie plans to state a soft opening on Oct. 18 for the restaurant, named Betty's Café and Pies, and a grand opening on Oct. 20. The restaurant is located at 1981 Silver Bell Rd. in Eagan, in The Shoppes at Cedar Grove mall.

True to its name, Betty's will feature a rotating selection of made-from-scratch pies, including old standbys like pumpkin pie and pecan pie and less-known recipes like chocolate-covered cherry pie.

The restaurant will also have an all-day breakfast menu with biscuits and gravy, omelets, eggs benedict, Samie said. Classic American dishes like hamburgers, chili, broasted chicken and roasted turkey will round out the dinner listings at Betty's, according to Samie. In 1950s diner fashion, Betty's will have an open kitchen and may even host swing dancing events, Samie said.

"The whole idea is just to make the old-days food and provide something that is homemade and made from scratch, we don’t want to have any fast food," Samie said.

Betty's Café and Pies isn't Samie's first restaurant venture. After moving to America in 2001, Samie worked for a time at the St. Paul icon Mickey's Diner before operating Route 52 Café in Cannon Falls.

Samie, 40, will manage the restaurant with help from his brother-in-law and restaurant co-owner Andrew Hybben, who is a machinist by trade. The 2,500-square-feet eatery will have seating for 80. Betty's will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with shorter hours on Sunday, Samie said. The restaurant may employ as many as 10 people, and will also have a meeting room for events or corporate meetings.

Customers during the restaurant's grand opening on Oct. 20 will receive a free treat, Samie said.

"There’s two things I love about America, whatever goes with the old days, like cowboys and diners off the road and pies and hamburgers," Samie said. "It's just fun, I love to have young people here, but always the old ones, the old generation, they make me feel like this is America, this is the real part about America," Samie said.

John Gettler October 01, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Here is some honest good advice. Be prepare to be sued by Betty's Pies of northern Minnesota, and then have to change your name. They control the trademark on that name in the this state. If you're smart, just change it now, before you open. http://www.bettyspies.com/
Kim dahmah October 01, 2012 at 03:29 PM
The article does not state that he is affiliated with Betty's pies from the North shore on highway 61 but it does imply that. If he is trying to capitalize on her delicious pies and success, shame on him. Find a different name.
David Henke (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Kim~ A point of clarification: This business is not affiliated with the Betty's Pies in Two Harbors.
Shoebacca October 01, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Is this affiliated with Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors, MN? Delicious! (They opened in 1956 and are still going strong). www.bettyspies.com
Shoebacca October 01, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Maybe go with Lucy's Pies or Ethel's Pies. :)
Gino Lyons October 03, 2012 at 10:10 PM
yea names real close supprised mark richie let u through on ur license. I will still come in and enjoy what seems to me a touch of class :)
Jennifer Kloepske October 04, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Jennifer Kloepske October 04, 2012 at 05:47 PM
not affiliated with the Two Harbor's Betty's
B J October 07, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I think people will assume it is associated with Betty's Pies on the North Shore. I'd be very surprised if it's not challenged by the really Betty.
Brian October 23, 2012 at 05:38 PM
This business is a knock off from Betty's Pies in Two Harbours. The name is a slight twist, the interior decor is almost identical, the menu has similiar items. It is a fraud from the Real Betty's Pies.
Brian October 23, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Just wait for legal action from Betty's Pies. Good bye Betty's Cafe and Pies.
penta November 03, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Apparently all of the decor was bought from a true Betty's Pies store that used to be in the West Metro, but had closed. http://www.lazylightning.org/bettys-cafe-and-pies-eagan-mn
Shoebacca November 09, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Has anyone been here to review the food or service??
derp diggler November 29, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Betty's Pies of northern Minnesota better watch out for Betty Crocker....they done use same words derp.....i no understand different names
glen November 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM
i visited there with my elderly father ,The food and service was horrible ,not only did the food take 45 min but it arrived cold and the hot turkey sandwich had a huge bone in it. The owner/cook only cooks one order at a time, and I saw him touching bacon the handling other food without washing hands:( never again for us .


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