Nothing is known about the café before the outbreak except it was a simple restaurant that operated in King County. People would stop by for a meal and were even allowed by the owners to display personal effects and memorabilia. The Grimes family left their photograph together as display.
Despite the U.S. Military operations executed throughout the area, the café along with the rest of the county got overrun by walkers. When people fled, they trapped some walkers inside.
Carl Grimes is on a mission to retrieve a family photo of himself and his parents Rick and Lori so that his newborn sister Judith would know what her mother, who recently died, looked like. Carl and Michonne use caged rats mounted on skateboards to distract the walkers as they sneak back to the kitchen area and the photo. The pair are spotted and have to fight their way out of the cafe empty handed. After some debate, Michonne steals back in to recover the photo for Carl, and picks up a "gorgeous" cat statue for herself. After the mission Carl tells Rick "she may be one of us".
The filming location for the café and other key locations for this episode was in Grantville, Georgia, in the Coweta County.
The crew made Grantville's Historic Railroad Depot into a café. They erected a false doorway for the restaurant and painted red signs on the white depot. The porch railings were removed, and the inside was transformed into a restaurant.