Recently we learned that in small-town Edgerton, Missouri, the popular and long-running Harmer’s Café may have closed their doors because of an inability to pay taxes. Popular with many local folks as a social outlet, a source of civic pride, and an important business for the community (employment and a tourism draw), Harmer’s may be amongst the last of successful small-town businesses to operate in this area. Edgerton, which once boasted grocery stores, a newspaper, it’s own power plant, and more, has in recent times become mostly a town of empty storefronts and the faded glory of a dried up individual entrepreneurial spirit.
With the Government touting jobs, and helping small businesses succeed, Harmer’s having to close because of high (or excessive) taxation would indeed be the height of hypocrisy – if this proves to indeed be true. However, as we’ve often observed, it’s more likely an example of a government that doesn’t know it’s right hand from the left, and is simply unaware of destructive policy or laws that are slowly – but inevitably – eating away at the heart of our State.
For now, we leave you with a few reviews that Harmer’s had garnered over the last several years – but stay posted as we work to find out more about this story.
By MikeTeachKC, 5/23/09 (Yahoo.com review) Not gourmet, but GOOD! The burger was fresh ground beef, hand formed and cooked on a flat griddle with cheese melted down into all the nooks and crannies. The service was friendly and fast. Every town needs a place like Harmer’s and every person should go there to eat, just to keep in touch with the heart beat of the country.
By BillieB, 9/3/08 (Yahoo.com review) harmer’s cafe is the best place to eat.I am 11 years old and the owner is my mom.yes the prices might be high but it is a nice place to spend time with your family.i get to eat there everyday and i never get tired of it.i live in edgerton and it is nice to have a wonderful place to eat close to home.and i also get to have the same food and love as i do there.
G.C. near Smithville Missouri gave Harmer’s a five star review (June 21, 2011) on Yelp: Good straightforward cooking without frills. Simple decor. Pie made daily. Worth the trip to the small town of Edgerton Missouri.