Gary and Barb Bechtel met at the diner, courted in and around it, and even had their rehearsal dinner there prior to their October 29 2016 wedding! Gary spent 32 years in the supply industry selling bread and supplies for Eds Bread while Barb started at Schwartz's Chuck Wagon at 15 and waitressed her way through college getting a business and marketing degree which is now in full use.

Gary and Barb should have met in 1978, not 2015... Things would've turned out differently. But God is in charge and had different plans. Barb took over sole control of the Plainwell Diner in June of 2016. They tore it down and the adjoining bait shop in May 2017. Construction from the ground up began June 14, 2017 and they were painting and tiling on the three month date of construction. Barb was the general contractor and took care finding farm antiques, Plainwell memorabilia, and vintage signs. A hunk of the Plainwell bowling alley, metal tin ceiling tile from T.G.I. Friday's as well as a 1939 World War I Licence plate at the veterans table are some examples. Old school booths were designed and Ron Root of Roots Canvas brought them to life. Seating has nearly quadrupled! Breakfast and lunch will be served seven days a week while dinner will be three nights a week. Sunday will be highlighted by Sunday Chicken with all the fixings.

Gary and Barb are both restaurant people and sadly realize customer service and scratch home cooking like mom made us is not readily available. Their menu will have the usual suspect sandwiches and breakfasts. But they will have regional and seasonal foods prepared by guest chefs. They have custom blended sausage and feature Cadillac coffee which decafinates their coffee with water not chemicals. Potatoes are never frozen and the fries are hand cut.

Experience our one of a kind setting, come back for the food, fun and friendship!

Contact Info

Phone: (269) 225-1010 or outside of those hours

Email: barbedwirecafe@yahoo.com

140 S Main Street
Plainwell, MI 49080
United States of America


Open 8am - 2pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Closed Wednesday

Indoor and outdoor dining