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May 27, 2014

Zumbro River Cafe to focus on breakfast, lunch

Going with the flow, Rochester's Zumbro River Café is following the current toward the rising sun.

The café at 120 Elton Hills Dr. N.W. will soon shift its daily schedule earlier by offering breakfast every day and continuing to serve breakfast items through lunch. Previously, breakfast was only offered on weekends. As part of the hours adjustment, the restaurant will also drop its dinner service.

ZumbroRiverCafeExteriorOwners Dennis and Lynn Wong say the new earlier schedule started at 7 a.m. today. Zumbro River Cafe will then serve breakfast followed by lunch until closing time at 2 p.m. It's open Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on Monday.

Dennis Wong says the change is spurred by customer requests and how traffic fades in the evening.

"We've had a really good response," he said of telling customers about their plans.

Customers are particularly pleased about being able to order some of the restaurant's popular breakfast items, like the New Orleans Omelet, for lunch.

The Wongs opened Zumbro River Cafe in 2011 to complement their Dunn Bros. coffee shop, which is its next-door neighbor. The restaurant gives customers a place to get a full sit-down meal, if a quick bite with coffee is not enough.

The Zumbro Cafe seats about 35 people in  950-square-feet of space just east of the coffee shop, between Dunn Bros. and the Olmsted National Bank branch.

"It has worked out well," Dennis Wong says. "The cafe is a little quieter. The coffee shop is louder and has more more hustle and bustle."

The Wongs also own two other Rochester Dunn Bros. as well as a downtown noodle shop called Hot Pot.

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