COLUMBIA — On Saturday night, Glenn's Cafe will serve up New Orleans-inspired fare at its new location in The Tiger Hotel for the first time.
The cafe was located at Ninth and Cherry streets in downtown Columbia before moving to Boonville's Hotel Frederick in 2006. That location closed in August to prepare for the cafe's move to the ground floor of the hotel. The restaurant was initially slated to open in October, according to previous Missourian reporting.
Since the 1950s, Glenn's Cafe has moved from its original location on the west end of Business Loop 70 to Ninth Street to the Hotel Frederick in Boonville — and its 56-square-foot sign has always traveled with it. Now, the sign — with its yellow cursive and green block letters on a maroon background — is moving to the cafe's new location in The Tiger Hotel. (This story is available to readers with a Missourian digital membership.)
The cafe's menu will include "Cajun-inspired menu items with new twists on old classics," said Samantha Cook, catering and sales manager at The Tiger Hotel.
The Pastalaya, a pun on jambalaya, combines shrimp, duck, andouille sausage, pasta and spices in a Creole tomato-based sauce.
"Most of the dishes have a little kick," Cook said. "It's a crowd-pleaser. It's representative of our Creole-inspired menu."
Chefs at Glenn's have also expanded the menu to include more "traditional items," such as Steak '28, Cook said. Named after the year The Tiger Hotel opened, the steak is wrapped in bacon and served with onion straws.
For about its first week, Glenn's Cafe will only be open for dinner, which will start at 5:30 p.m. On Dec. 2, the hours will expand to include lunch, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. The restaurant will also serve Sunday brunch, Cook said.
Glenn's Cafe will close at 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and it will stay open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
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