Sunol Coffee House and Cafe
to the Sunol Coffee House and Cafe. Established in
1906, this small eatery has been the social center of Sunol for
almost a hundred years. Its side room once housed the town's telephone
exchange, and any news worth knowing is likely to be heard here
first. This charming, old fashioned family cafe is currently run
by the Ean family, with mom Lorena in charge of the kitchen, dad
Lyse pitching in on weekends - when he's not in their native Cambodia,
that is...but more about that later.
The Eans live in Castro Valley and are often helped in the restaurant
by four of their five children - baby Victor being not quite two
yet. Their oldest is Charlie, 19, a student at Chabot Community
College. Next comes Victoria, 18, a student at Cal State University
in San Francisco, and then Sophie, 15, a freshman at Castro Valley
High School, and Richard, 12, a student at Canyon Middle School.
Extended family sometimes show up to help out, including cousin
Rena Bunly, 16, a student at Fremont High School in Oakland. The
resaurant's other employees include family friend Polly and Sunolians
Gayle, Shannon, Nancy, and Dolores.
on in! The restaurant is open
from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 6 a.m. to 3
p.m. on Monday. There's a full breakfast complimented by fresh
donuts and pastries brought in by Lorena daily from Lyse's brother's
Hometown Donuts in Oakland. The lunch menu features hot and cold
sandwiches, burgers, salads and homemade soups, and after 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Sunday, there's a wonderful Chinese dinner menu
featuring stir fries, barbecued meats and noodle dishes. The Cambodian
touches, like lemon grass, make the dinner menu interesting as
well as delicious. Soft drinks, beer, wine, juices, coffee and
tea are served.
Sunol's charm. The cafe's windows
look out on the town's Main Street, with a view of the antique
store across the street from one side and the Sunol Train Station
from the other. You can pick up a copy of Connie and Allen DeGrange's
book, A Town Called Sunol, train schedules, order blanks
and samples of artist Gary Winter's charming Sunol miniatures.
| For take-out orders and group
reservations, please call 925-862-2914