People are always asking about the building that we are located in. It was originally The Bank of Wildwood and was in existence before June 1905 . Later D.L. Baker, Mr. Bridges, and George O. Watkins owned it for some years and eventually George bought the other two out, owning it, for over half a century. As George got older his son Milton S. Watkins became a 2nd Vice President as George remained Chairman of the Board for many years. In the 1960’s George Watkins moved the bank across the highway to where Wells Fargo Bank is now located.
The Bank of Wildwood was robbed Valentine’s Day 1965. In the middle of the night thieves cut a hole in the roof and robbed the front vault which is located where my office is now, off the dining room. We have tried to retain the historical integrity of the building. The two vaults are still intact. The one in the kitchen has the original door. The Bank is located directly in front of where the Railroad depot once stood. The Railroad payroll was given out on the front porch of the bank. The Railroad employees could pay bills and cash checks. Wildwood was a Railroad town. Most people have relatives that do or did work for the Railroad.
The building has been a Bank, an antique store, an air conditioning shop and a Stereo shop.
As a 9th generation Floridian, Miz Kathi’s southern roots go way back. Many of her authentic dishes are personal family recipes handed down through generations and passed on to Miz Kathi by her mother and grandmother.
The southern flavor is apparent everywhere you look and in everything you taste. The restaurant’s decor is classic southern vintage: covered in lace, adorned with antiques and spangled in classic southern style. And the FOOD! Miz Kathi’s food and desserts have won the accolades of customers and critics alike, earning another 5-Star Rating from TripAdvisor for 2014 and an impressive 4.5 stars on Yelp.
In fact, demand for her delectable desserts has grown so large over the 6 years since opening the restaurant’s doors, Miz Kathi has now opened a stand-alone bakery next door, Miz Kathi’s Southern Sweetery. Ya’ll be sure to check out the Sweetery section of the website to find out how to get yourself a little piece of heaven (or the whole cake!). The facility is also available for rent for your next party or event.
Whether you come to share memories with loved ones, or to create some brand new memories with some of the friendliest, most hospitable folks you’ll ever want to meet–Cotillion Southern Cafe will have you dining on a slice of history while immersed in a page of genuine Southern Americana.