CAFE CLOSES: Baby Boomers Shuts Its Doors

A café best known for its cookies closed shop Sunday.  Baby Boomers in Des Moines` East Village shut the doors for good after eight years in business.

“It’s a great place to come and eat,” says Matt McKinney of West Des Moines.

Sunday, he and his family stopped by for one last breakfast at the café.

“It’s definitely worth the wait,” he says of the customers waiting in line.

Baby Boomers Café owner Rodney Maxfield says he and his partner decided to close shop more than a month ago.  Up until this last week, they kept quiet about their plans to move to Colorado.

“I didn’t want to go through the good-bye every other day,” says Maxfield.

The closing of the popular cafe came as surprise to many regulars.

“Yes because they do a good business,” says Bill Ketch of Indianola.

Each week, Ketch and his wife have Sunday brunch after church.

“I think you just know when it’s time and one door opens another closes and today at three o’clock when I close my door and shut my lights off, tomorrow I’m going to open  another door,” says Maxfield.

Baby Boomers’ chocolate chip cookies became famous the world over after word got out they were a favorite of the Obama family.

“If it wasn’t for the cookie, I wouldn’t be here today,” he says.

The Maxfields leave for Denver in a few days.  They have plans to sell their famous cookies there.   You can still buy them in the metro at the Bake Shoppe in Windsor Heights.


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