By Kurt Chirbas
Mimi's Café will offer a historic (interpret that word literally) discount this Bastille Day. The restaurant chain will roll back five of its items--including its individual classic muffins, French onion soup, French dip sandwich, eggs benedict and pain perdu--to their 1978 prices for one day only, July 14.
Why 1978? That's the year that Mimi Café's opened, although this factoid doesn't explain the link between the promotion and the French National Holiday as well as you'd think. According to the chain's corporate website, Arthur J. Simmons (a U.S. admiral) founded the first Mimi's Café in Anaheim (a U.S. city).
Simmons was, however, stationed in France during World War II, and was inspired to launch the first café because of his memories of the county, particularly a French mademoiselle Mimi.
There are several locations in the Sacramento region where you can take this economic trip through time, including ones in Natomas, Arden Way, Elk Grove, Roseville and Folsom.