Owner of new café on 18th Avenue welcomes you

Like to try a new eating place with the flavor of the 1950s? Lynn Lawrence, owner of Lynn’s Sunnyside Café, 1624 18th Ave., Rockford, invites you to come on in and get acquainted. Although the building has been there for decades, the café is a new venture, and when The Rock River Times (TRRT) spoke with Lawrence, they were in their fourth week of business.

TRRT: What are the main menu items? Any specials?

Lynn Lawrence: “We do a lunch special every day. One day we had meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy and vegetable. Today, we had beans and ham with cornbread. The cook, Sue Faries, tries to do something different every day. We have a great waitress, too, Judy Wille.”

TRRT: What are the days and hours you are open?

LL: “We’re open Tuesday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., breakfast to lunch.”

TRRT: Is there anything distinctive about your restaurant you’d like people to know about?

LL: “In the 1940s and ’50s, this was called Sunnyside Café, and the owner back then — his son gave us permission to use this name again. We have a lot of original stuff. The bar and stools are from the 1940s and ’50s. They’ve given us pictures. We put up a picture of the lady who used to run it in the 1940s, and her son’s photo. We have a 1950’s dining room table. That’s kind of the way we’re going. My brother has a 1950 board with a picture that he took, and we put it up on the wall. We’re trying to get the 1950’s feel. It’s a diner from the 1950s. The owner of Nick Gulotta’s Pizza on 11th Street came in today and said he would not change a thing. He liked all our decor; he thought we did everything right.”

From the Dec. 7-13, 2011, issue

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