Westside Lilo's opened in June of 1996.
The café was originally a hobby shop that opened in 1954 and later became a restaurant a few years later. The restaurant was closed in the early 80s and remained closed until it was purchased by Lilo in 1996. Lilo opened the restaurant with the help of her husband, Patrick, and daughters, Nancy and Brenda. Lilo had always dreamed of opening a business and longed to have a place that offered good quality food and a taste of her German specialties that her kids grew up loving to eat. Lilo's quickly became a favorite of the locals and many people who travel Historic Route 66 on a regular basis. Lilo's' daily specials and homemade soups continued to drive repeat business, and the restaurant today has quite a following.
Lilo has been baking her giant cinnamon rolls, fresh bread, and her now famous carrot cake since the first day of opening her restaurant. After the passing of her parents, Josef and Paula Hohmann, she brought over many memories of Germany. The large hutch in the restaurant, pictures of her family, and old utensils found in the cellar are just a few things that help to create the atmosphere in the restaurant. The large elk and mountain lion were additions from her grandson, Rocque, as hunting is a passion of the Russell family.
Lilo was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1941. Her family had a carpentry business in Bierstadt. She married Patrick, stationed in the Army at Camp Perry in 1961. Pat and Lilo came to Seligman in 1962. Patrick lived in Seligman most of his life and brought Lilo there to start their family. They raised their 3 children, Nancy, Brenda, and Patrick Jr., in Seligman. They are very proud of their 3 kids, 8 grandkids, and 4 great-grandchildren. All of them have worked or will soon be working once they can reach the counter! Lilo continues to work full time concentrating on desserts and visiting with our guests. Lilo’s daughter, Brenda now owns and operates the restaurant with the help of her son, Rocque. See our Menu Page for a full list of our specialties. We also offer delicious party trays, and for your larger events, we can provide catering.