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After 30 Years, Havertown’s Hanne’s Is Closing

Liesel Spalding shares her memories of working at her family’s business and her uncertainties of her future.

After three generations of family members working at for a total of 30 years, the famous Havertown restaurant will be closing its doors Tuesday, July 31.

Liesel Spalding, whose grandmother Hanne Bruwelheide bought the restaurant back in 1982 after having worked there as a waitress, said that the landlord of the building told her last Tuesday that he has sold the building and she would need to move out by July 31. 

Spalding said that she does not know who bought the building. 

But Spalding did not just lose her family’s business of three decades.

“I just found out. I have to find a place to live,” the 27-year-old Spalding told the Haverford-Havertown Patch on Monday morning. “This is a place I grew up in.”

Spalding—who said she is going through “medical issues” but wished not to go into detail about them—lives in the apartment above Hanne’s Breakfast Nook and since it is part of the restaurant, she has to find a new place to not only work, but to live as well.

But in her younger years she said that she would sleep in a cot in the basement of Hanne’s Breakfast Nook before her school bus came. For her, and her customers, it was a home away from home. 

“I was 4 years old when I served coffee,” she said with a smile, as she reminisced of her first time “working” at her then grandmother’s restaurant.

Susan Strieb, a long-time customer, remembers when Spalding was young.

“I’ve been here since Liesel was doing her homework at the counter,” Strieb said.

When her grandmother passed away in 1992, her mother Christine Spalding took over the restaurant with her brother. But Liesel Spalding took over the family business this past January, which is something she is proud of. 

“I successfully ran a business at 27,” the owner beamed.

And it is something that her customers have taken notice.

Both Frank LeVeque and John Bradley praised Spalding and her mother about the friendly atmosphere that they created.

“They have no menu (here) because they know you,” Bradley proudly said, who also drives Spalding to a depot to help pick up the food.

LeVeque echoed Bradley’s statement.

“The people behind the counter will cook your food and speak to you,” he said, who is the owner of .

But the warm memories from her and her customers are not the only things that matter to Spalding, she stated. She will also be walking away with something she learned from watching her mother and grandmother work at the restaurant.

“I got to watch two women with great work ethics,” she said.

Spalding, who was born two years after her grandmother bought the restaurant back in 1982, said that small businesses like Hanne’s Breakfast Nook are cherished in the community. She said that many of her customers came for their meals when they were children and now they have kids of their own.

“I know the economy is tight, but when the small businesses go, you will miss them,” said Spalding of places like hers. “You will wish that you supported them more.”

Spalding said she will be throwing a for her customers on Saturday, July 28, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at where food will be served. 

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liesel spalding August 23, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Hey thank you for all the support sorry it did take so long to respond I am not internet savy to so I do not know if after that long anyone will read what I write I'm going to write it anyway some people that comment probably didn't even know my grandmom which I call omi they also think that old means dirty to the one that would not come even if they were starving I would feed you anyway I do know my omi I did my best she would be proud that I did even try to people that know it was clean good food thank you for you support to
liesel spalding August 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Hey and and I smoke you don't do anything that someone would disagree with well then good for you because you are only person I know out of all people in the world that do life perfect to
Ron Snyder August 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I just arrived back into Havertown, expecting a smile, a "hi Doc," a joke, and great cup of coffee, meet a new friend, great corn beef on toast, and leave a better man. Instead as I walked to the that wonderful place,the doors were closed, and windows covered and a warm wonderful place seemed so dead and missing. Sorry to see you go
Gary December 31, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I'd like to know more about her father . Is he the landlord who kicked her out of her home and business? No mention of it in the article or in comments.
j canavan May 11, 2014 at 01:54 PM
so sorry everyone was deceived by Leisel. She had been caught red handed stealing cash and was the cause of the closing of Hanna's. I just wish that people would open their eyes and see her for what she really is.

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