Our hearts and bellies didn’t have to go empty for long after Sweetness closed it’s doors because The Lily Day Cafe has arrived! Welcome sisters Monica and Jennifer who have brought with them an entire lifetime of love for the neighborhood and an impressive 20 years of experience in community restauranteering from their beloved Dot’s Cafe on SE Clinton. We can thank Kay’s brownies that these two found their way to the old Sweetness location! Monica and Jennifer were charmed by the space during the regular stops by Sweetness for the brownies they offered up at Dot’s. After selling Dot’s, they were excited to start a new cafe close to home and to where their kids go to school; a place with a strong community vibe where they could create a special spot for the neighborhood.
It certainly feels cozy, probably owing to the fact Monica and Jennifer have sourced all the decorations from their own homes. Even the booze selection looks right at home in the one antique cupboard left from the Sweetness days. The counter will still tempt you with sweet homemade pastries, but now you can enjoy them in the new comfy booths.
The menu is a comforting mix of breakfast sandwiches, homemade granola fruit parfaits, soups and salads. The breakfast sandwiches feature a variety of baked egg combinations, including bacon/cheddar, chilies and cheese, “The Boot” with italian sausage, shredded zucchini, sun dried tomato cream cheese and melted provolone on a potato bun or “The Chateaux” with goat cheese, caramelized red onion and roasted garlic spread, and more! Monica and Jennifer are passionate about homemade soups and expanding the menu with daily specials and sandwiches.
The Lily Day Cafe is located at 3524 SE 52nd, open weekdays from 8am-3pm (closed Tuesday) and Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-10pm and Sunday 10am-3pm. Stop on by and welcome them to the neighborhood!