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Montgomery Couple Open New Breakfast Restaurant in Oswego

The Calla Lily Cafe off Orchard Road opened in December.

During these winter months there’s nothing like a steaming hot breakfast to start the day off right.

And with the opening of Calla Lily Cafe, 1055 Station Drive, a breakfast like that is on the horizon.

The breakfast and lunch café opened in mid-December 2012, replacing the previous Flappy’s restaurant, which closed right before Thanksgiving.

“It was always our dream to own a restaurant,” said Montgomery resident Dee Lopez, who owns the Calla Lily with her husband, Pedro.

Lopez said her family owns many restaurants and bars in California and she had always wanted to try something similar. She previously owned and managed Precious Moments Daycare in Montgomery for 10 years, giving her the business know-how on how to run a restaurant.

Calla Lilly was named for Lopez's favorite flower, and they are featured throughout the café on the menus and table centerpieces.

The menu features a wide variety of omelettes and eggs, pancakes, French toast plus a hearty amount of sandwiches, wraps and soups for the lunch crowd.

“Everyone really likes the biscuits and gravy,” said Lopez. “And anything that has steak in it. We marinate it really well.”

Currently the restaurant is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, but Lopez said she’s been considering opening for possible dinner hours on Friday and expanding.

“It’s just been a roller coaster. A really crazy, fun ride,” she said of the experience of opening the café. “It’s a dream come true for us. We never thought we’d be able to [open a restaurant] this fast.”

The Oswego Chamber of Commerce announced via their Twitter that there will be a ribbon cutting for Calla Lily Cafe at noon Thursday, Feb. 21.

Steve McDouche February 20, 2013 at 02:43 PM
I don't get it. Why would someone open up a restaurant, that isn't even open for dinner, when 3 or 4 other people haven't made it there doing the same thing. Good luck.
Evelyn Santiago February 20, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Congratulations to another small business willing to take the risk to open up their own business. With her family background in the restaurant business and the lack of available eating places that are not backed by national franchise this business deserves the backing of the Oswegoland community to make it prosper. Regarding Mr. McDouche's comment - It takes vision, passion and a solid business plan plus marketing to make any business a success - insead of asking why - go and have breakfast or lunch there and see what they have to offer!
Judy Sollinger February 20, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Congratulations and thank you for opening your restaurant in Oswego! We are thrilled to have you here! My husband and I have eaten there and the food and service have been excellent!
Steve McDouche February 20, 2013 at 04:43 PM
I do live there and I have no time for a place that is not open for dinner, along with the majority of the other working stiffs in the area.
Just Sayin February 20, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Can't wait to try it!
Diane Cabiness February 20, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Don't frequent Orchard Road much so didn't realize there was a new restaurant. Good luck to the owners! Our family will be sure to come hungry.
Katt February 20, 2013 at 05:42 PM
The Metra commuter train has been 'discussed' for about 15 years or so yet is still far from reality in Oswego. Hard working small business owners in the Orchard Rd area would have a better chance for success if Oswego was brought on line to Metra, as originally promised many years ago. Good luck, Calla Lily, I hope you can make it in this economy and realize a profit within 2-3 years.
montgomery resident February 20, 2013 at 06:33 PM
I was there Sunday morning for breakast, it was not busy at all and still waited over 30 minutes for our food-and to top if off my son's pancakes were cold and hard as a rock..so much that the hostess noticed the hard time I had trying to cut them that she brought some fresh ones to our table-I guess that was nice, but really they should of been fresh to begin with. Will not be going back:(
Rachael B. February 20, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Steve, do you work 7 days a week? By the way, breakfast for the whole family is cheaper than dinner. You could even save some money.
ayar February 20, 2013 at 07:49 PM
@ Steve, hey, I don't know. Probably for the same reason the doughnut shop downtown is closed on Sundays, the potentially busiest sales day of the week. Most people wouldn't give up the gold nugget day and would take Monday or Friday off instead. Go figure.
ayar February 20, 2013 at 07:55 PM
"Rachael B. Steve, do you work 7 days a week? By the way, breakfast for the whole family is cheaper than dinner. You could even save some money." Speaking of dinner, ever been to the small mexican food restaurant at the Jewel food store strip mall down Douglas and Rt. 30 ? Woah. Awesome food. Little known place. WELL worth the visit. Just to warn you though, it's not fancy, but the food is great.
Harry Kari February 20, 2013 at 07:56 PM
There is no real reason to not patronize the Oswego Family Restaurant on Main Street for breakfast. The prices are in line, the items on the menu are varied, the food is well prepared/delicious, the atmosphere is cozy, and the portions are excellent. A very minor nuisance is that they don't take plastic.
Natalie Stevens (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 08:06 PM
I had the stuffed French toast (see the very delicious looking picture!) and I was very impressed. I loved also that it was fresh cut strawberries rather than the strawberries in syrup you often see.
Steve McDouche February 20, 2013 at 09:36 PM
I wish them luck, but I don't see it happening. I wish there was some place decent to eat dinner in Oswego. I fully believe in supporting local business, which is why I feel bad that my wife and I drive to Cobblestone in Yorkville for dinner when we want to go out. Why can't someone open something like that around here?
Ashley Guziec February 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM
OH MY GOSH-LOVE LOVE LOVE Cobblestone. It would be fabulous if something like that opened in Oswego. But Cobblestone originally had very strange hours, then they built their way up.
Carol Anaski-Figurski February 20, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Good luck to your success
Mrs. Mudd February 21, 2013 at 04:07 AM
They dont take credit cards? What year is this again?
Jackie February 24, 2013 at 07:42 PM
My brother made that logo!
Grammy February 25, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I was there on Saturday for breakfast (Which was very good with exceptional service) They are going to be serving dinner starting in March.
Grammy February 25, 2013 at 05:19 PM
I don't know why but restaurants just do not make it in Oswego. All the chains seem to flourish but small Mom & Pop fail. Why is that??
Liz Copeland March 08, 2013 at 02:16 PM
I wish them luck but they're going to have to improved before I'll go back. It was about 12:30 on a Sunday and not crowded, and lots of servers; however, the service was painfully slow on all accounts. My bacon was thick and tough, not the way I like it, and they forgot the hash browns on a second order, which caused another delay. The fruit looked good, the eggs were so so, and the pancake was chewy and flavorless. I will give them a second try but wait several months to see if they can get the kinks ironed out.

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