After a successful 31-year run of serving heaps of homestyle food in a cozy space crowded with loyal customers, owner Barbara Rubin will close the doors of her Lake Forest Cafe in Folsom at the end of business day on June 30.
"We provide food cooked the way you would cook it at home, if you had the time," said Rubin, who is retiring. "I don't know many people who have held the same job at the same location for so long, but everything comes to an end. This is a business that has encompassed my life 24 hours a day."
The iconic restaurant, housed in a century-old former residence owned by a gold-mining company, is best known for its hearty breakfasts. On the menu are 43 omelets, giant cinnamon and pecan rolls, french toast, pancakes and hard-to-find Jewish specialties - cream cheese-filled blintzes, lox and eggs, chicken livers and eggs, potato latkes, and kosher salami and pastrami.
The lunch menu offers a long list of salads, housemade soups, quiche, crepes, burgers and hearty sandwiches (pictured).
In a "Counter Culture" restaurant review, Rubin was quoted as saying, "Everything is made from scratch here. We know how to do old-fashioned and real in this era of packaged and processed food."
Rubin's plans for retirement may well include writing an anecdotal cookbook featuring dishes from the menu and stories set in the cafe.
"When the restaurant closes, the recipes will pass on with it," she said. "I'd love to be able to continue sharing them with my customers, who are really going to miss our signature dish, Mike's potatoes."
Rubin's late father created the potato dish, which includes onions, tomato, avocado, melted cheese and sour cream (bacon, sausage or ham can be added).
The Lake Forest Cafe is at 13409 Folsom Blvd., at the intersection of Parkshore Drive in Folsom. The restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 1:45 p.m Saturday and Sunday, and Wednesday through June 30.
Information: (916) 985-6780, www.lakeforestcafe.com.