Fresh, great-tasting food and strong customer service are the priorities of Nancy and George Diamandopolous, the owners of Buffalo Grove’s new Scrambled Cafe.
Named for its emphasis on breakfast foods — the menu boasts of “awesome omelettes,” “egg specialties” and “eggceptional skillets,” among other morning fare — Scrambled Cafe also serves a variety of salads, sandwiches, paninis and burgers.
Breakfast is served all day, and Scrambled Cafe’s homemade soups are ready for lunch by 10:30 a.m., Nancy Diamandopoulos said.
Less than six weeks after its Oct. 31 opening at 131 W. Dundee Road, the restaurant, which originally served breakfast and lunch, extended its hours and now is open for dinner.
The owners said they’ve already seen repeat customers, ranging from casual diners to groups of Mahjong players. It’s easy for them to notice such things, as they both take a hands-on approach to the business. Nancy greets customers and helps wait tables, while George is often apron-clad, lending a hand in the kitchen, in between visits to the seating area.
“I see people in their cars. I wait for them at the door to greet the people,” he said.
“When people walk in the door, you have to acknowledge them,” Nancy added. “When they leave, you have to acknowledge them. It’s important.”
“You try to stay on top,” George said. “That’s my goal with my wife, to accommodate our customers and stay in the community.”
They’ve also noticed the sincerity of their customers and of their business neighbors in the Country Court shopping center.
“Honestly, the people here are just amazing. Really friendly, everyone wishes you the best. They really want us to succeed, which is really nice,” Nancy said.
Among the owners’ wishes is that no customer leaves hungry. “Our omelettes are very big,” Nancy said. “Our skillets are very tasty. We’re very big on huge portions. It’s OK if you can’t finish it. You can take it home. We just want people to be satisfied.”
Food is prepared fresh at Scrambled Cafe, where fruit is served naturally ("there's not a glaze on anything," Nancy said) and batter for crepes — one of Nancy's favorite dishes — is homemade.
Scrambled Cafe, which was previously home to the Versailles restaurant, has a new inside appearance. Its owners have replaced everything from the floor to the kitchen equipment. Finishing touches, such as booths along the walls and some décor, are in the works.
The Diamandopouloses are no strangers to the restaurant arena — they were part owners of Maxfield's in Schaumburg and Oak Brook Terrace for 10 years — but this is their first independent venture. Though they are new to Buffalo Grove’s business environment, they are familiar with the village, where they lived for eight years prior to moving to Addison.
But despite their suburban backgrounds, the two have found ways to incorporate their Greek heritage into their restaurant. Scrambled Cafe’s dishes include an Athenian skillet (spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and Feta cheese), Greek salad and a Greek panini.
Scrambled Cafe is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offers a 10 percent discount to seniors every day.
The restaurant’s website is under construction, but information is available on its Facebook fan page.
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