Something is brewing: Thunderbird Café | Connecticut News
COLUMBIA, CT (WFSB) – In Columbia, there’s a unique cafe that offers patrons a throwback to diners from the past, with convenience in the front and center.
When you arrive at the Ford / Kia dealership in Colombia, you’ll want to whet your appetite. Just walk through the front door, take a right into the showroom and you’ll come across the Thunderbird Cafe straight away.
“People who still live in the city of Columbia are sometimes surprised that we have a dealership,” said David Marchand, Chef and Director of Thunderbird Café. “You can get your oil changed and sit down and eat something while you wait. He spends time for people.
The Thunderbird Café started in 2006.
Owner Carl Gates’ mother and sister originally ran it.
They fed the employees first and then it quickly spread to everyone who came in and wanted to eat.
You don’t have to be a customer either.
“It’s unique because we can talk to our customers, take their order, cook in front of them. There are a lot of interactions going on, ”said Marchand.
The cafe is open five days a week and serves breakfast until 11:00 a.m. Lunch is served until closing at 2:00 p.m.
There is a daily special including homemade soup. Everything is made from scratch, and David chooses the menu every day.
“The Thunderbird burger is very popular,” he said.
The menu features foods with car names, like the ‘loaded for 350’ breakfast or the ‘mustang salad’. It is quite unique.
“I meet people who travel a lot from Ford. They are blown away not to see it at other dealerships, ”said Marchand.
The cafe inside a car dealership, serving both good food, sandwiched with a lot of convenience.
Of course, the cafe is named after the classic car. In fact, once a year the dealership holds a classic Thunderbird car show with all the vintage cars lined up just outside the Thunderbird Café.
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