Sarah Grillo, owner of the newly mergered Howell's and Sunflower Café restaurants, takes a moment to relax after completing the task of setting up her new establishment.
BY GERI COREY
GOSHEN — Whether you’re a Howell’s fan or enjoy having a bite to eat at Sunflower Café, you won’t be disappointed with the merger of the two eateries on Main St. in the Village of Goshen.
“The new menu has selections from both places — we’ve included all your favorites, whether it’s a specialty burger, fries, fresh garden salad, breakfast wrap, or healthy juices or smoothies — they’re all on the menu,” said owner Sarah Grillo.
There’s something new, though, at the recently combined Howell’s and Sunflower Café and that’s extended hours: Tuesday through Friday the restaurant opens at 7 a.m. and remains open until 7 p.m.
“We want to be open for people who’d like an affordable meal to either have here, or to pick up, like soup, sandwiches or salads, after work and have dinner at home,” said Grillo.
With just as many chairs as were at Howell’s, the seating is the same number and still with waitress service. Howell’s has always had a counter and there’s one at the new place, as well.
“We have a counter with seating and service for anyone interested in a quick breakfast or lunch,” said Grillo, adding that customers can order at the counter for take-out.
Grillo said the decision to leave the Howell’s location across the street wasn’t an easy one.
“I’m disappointed we had to move. We carry a responsibility, because we’re a fixture in the community,” she said.
Grillo said she realized that busy times are different at the two places and merging them under one roof made sense. Breakfast and lively take-out lunch activity keeps Sunflower Café busy, whereas, Howell’s has a bustling sit-down lunch crowd. Staying open until 7 rounds out the day.
“This is a perfect marriage between the two establishments,” said Grillo. “You can still get burgers and fries, as well as vegan and gluten free in a cozy atmosphere.”
Restaurant hours are Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Monday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday.