Mel's Country Cafe has been in the Weirich family since the beginning. Charles Weirich Sr. (Collie) built the original building for his wife Mary in 1977, and called it Mary's Fried Chicken. All of the ingredients used were grown and purchased from the local farms in the area.
The family also owned and operated Weirich Grocery and the Hufsmith Post Office next door. Tomball and Hufsmith were little country towns back then, where everyone knew everyone else and a trip to the "big city" was still a big deal. Like the original Ma Goodson's located just down the street, Mary's Fried Chicken became a local favorite; known as a good, out-of-the-way place to eat where everything was homemade and you would always run into someone you knew.