By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE - Chrissy's Café held its grand opening Wednesday, July 10, and is already a popular spot for both locals and visitors in search of breakfast or lunch.
The early morning to mid-afternoon dining spot is on State Route 28/30 at the west end of town, in the former Misty Mountain Bakery just a short distance beyond the Bear Trap Inn.
Owner Christine Hinckley says she decided to pursue the dream of having her own business after Jane and Cathy's restaurant closed a few years back and no one came forward to fill the gap.
The dream gathered traction in February, when the Hamilton County Industrial Development Agency awarded Hinckley a microenterprise grant of $18,150. Then the IDA agreed in April to loan Hinckley up to $40,000 at 1 percent interest for 10 years, with the loan secured by the kitchen equipment she purchased with it.
The board later agreed to increase the $18,150 grant to $28,000. This helped lower the loan amount to about $30,000.
The result of backing this entrepreneur can be seen and experienced both inside and out of this well-appointed Adirondack style establishment that has new kitchen equipment, tables, chairs and counter with comfortable seating for up to 42 patrons.
Chrissy's Café is open Mondays through Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The breakfast menu starts with "Homemade baking powder biscuits, split and smothered with the best peppered gravy and sausage you'll ever have!" includes all the standard breakfast items from eggs to hot or cold cereal, omelets, pancakes, French toast, Belgian waffles and breakfast sandwiches.
Prices are reasonable, starting with a low of $1.75 for cold cereal to the maximum of $9.75 for what is billed as the "Hungry Man Platter that includes two eggs any style, two slices of toast, your choice of meat, 2 pancakes or slices of French Toast, home fries, coffee and juice."
The extensive lunch menu includes hot and cold sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers, soups and salads.
Here again, the prices are guaranteed not to break the wallet. They range from $2 for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to $7.95 for the "juicy rare roast beef on a ciabatta roll, slathered with horseradish mayonnaise and topped with lettuce, tomato and onion."
The average on the luncheon menu is about $5, with sides and beverages extra.
Hinckley's location positions her well for when summer changes to fall and winter. The diner is close to snowmobile trails and, with the early morning opening, hunters and snowmobilers are sure to appreciate the chance to have a great breakfast before heading out into the woods.