Babits and her brother Didier work behind the counter of the
M & M restaurant in Sussex that has been owned by their
family for nearly 40 years.
Smith/Special to Conley Media
— The sign on the door entering the M & M Restaurant on Main
Street helps describe the “old school” philosophy of its
or Check Only, No Credit Cards.”
cards are too much paperwork and they want 2 percent,” explained
Didier Babits, co-owner of the restaurant at N64W23316 Main St.
the top priority is to provide customers with “good food at a
decent price that anyone can afford,” Didier said.
don’t want to lose money, but I don’t want to make a killing
on anyone either,” he added.
and his sister Laura are often working together behind the counter
of the iconic café that their family has owned for nearly 40
you are part of the family, you have worked here at some point in
your life,” Didier quipped.
M waitress Nicole Fillback chats with “the regulars”
having breakfast around the
horseshoe-shaped Formica top
restaurant shares space in a small one-story commercial building
on the east end of Main Street with One Click, a local computer
one — not even village historian Fred Keller — is sure how old
the building is, but Keller says there has been a restaurant there
for more than a half century.
interior décor is reminiscent of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Formica top counter where customers sit stretches along a wall,
almost the entire length of the café.
end of the counter, located just inside the entrance, is shaped
into a horseshoe where the “regulars,” older men with gray
hair, some with beards, sit and talk about family, friends, sports
sitting at the counter along the wall can literally watch their
food orders being prepared from the grill, steam table and deep
fryer, in front of them.
the opposite wall, are booths.
the middle, chrome trimmed tables and chairs with seats covered
with Naugahyde, a vinyl faux leather that was popular during the
middle of the 20th century.
restaurant has an eclectic clientele.
breakfast crowd includes contractors ordering steak and eggs,
omelets, or biscuits and gravy.
senior citizens and high school students hang out for lunch.
kids eating hamburgers.
elders often order the soup and sandwich special or open face hot
beef or turkey sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy.
63, was born in France, moved to the United States, graduated from
Custer High School, and later enrolled in the Milwaukee Area
Technical College hospitality management program.
father Steve was Hungarian.
mother, Nichole, is 88 and French.
met and married in France before migrating in the 1960s to the
United States where they worked in various restaurants before
owning two establishments, the Café Lac La Belle in Oconomowoc
and the M & M.
eventually sold the café in Oconomowoc which later became
Spinnakers and was recently demolished to make way for high end
lake front condos.
got be too much for them,” Didier said.
was a tavern (Café Lac La Belle) so you had to stay up late and
the other served breakfast (M & M) so you had to be up early
the next morning,” Didier explained.
I open up at 6 in the morning, there are often five or six
customers waiting outside the door,” explained waitress Nicole
the door is a money machine for those customers without cash or