Thanksgiving Cheer, Broadway Café Style

Written by Neal F. Litherland. Posted in Business, Business Spotlight, Community News, Dining & Entertainment, Entertainment, Featured

Published on November 21, 2012 with No Comments

Valparaiso restaurant will remain open for 42 hours.

Broadway CafeThanksgiving is the time of year where people want to be in familiar surroundings with familiar faces. Whether it’s with friends or family, people want to feel like they’re part of a community.

That rings true for businesses as well as for individuals. And the holiday spirit is in no short supply over at the Broadway Cafe in Valparaiso.

On Thanksgiving morning, the restaurant will open at its usual 6 a.m. but it will not close again until midnight on the following Friday.

With 42 straight hours of service, the Broadway Cafe will be open for anyone that needs a warm place to go. Whether you want to make reservations to have your Thanksgiving meal away from home or you need to rest your feet on Black Friday, everyone is welcome.

“We do it for the community, for the shoppers and the regulars,” said John Vitogiannis.  Vitogiannis is a part owner of the Broadway Cafe along with George Vorovilos.

According to Vitogiannis, when the owners learned last year that a lot of the restaurant’s regulars don’t have anywhere to go for the holidays, they decided to stay open longer, pulling the first 42-hour shift. The response was so great that they decided to do it again this year.

And unless something changes dramatically, this is likely to become a November tradition at the Valparaiso restaurant.

While the Broadway Cafe might be the Thanksgiving destination for some families, it has been a staple of Valparaiso for some time. In fact, the Broadway Café has been serving hungry diners since 1995. And during those 17 years, it’s been providing residents and visitors with good food at low prices, coupled with quality service that keeps people coming back time and time again. With breakfast, lunch and dinner available and serving American, Greek, Italian and Oriental cuisines, the Broadway Cafe has a little something for everyone.

As a regular patron myself, I can’t think of many more welcoming places to go any day, much less on a holiday. With superb service and a staff that always seems to remember the last time you were there, the Broadway Café is a place that feels like home. It just has a bigger variety of options and occasionally more generous portions.

So, whether you want to have pancakes for dinner or you have a craving for really good gyros, this restaurant can give you just what you’re looking for. The idea of it staying open so long, giving us a holiday choice amid multiple Valparaiso restaurants to go to when the hour grows truly late, feels like something special all on its own for the holiday season.

“Everyone is welcome,” Vitogiannis said, adding that he hopes the community is just as responsive this year as it was last year for the Thanksgiving event.

The Broadway Cafe is located at 1805 Morthland Drive (U.S. 30) in Valparaiso.  For more information on the event or to make Thanksgiving reservations, call 219-464-0112. To see a menu and to check out the restaurant’s offerings, visit

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Neal Litherland is a Valparaiso resident who has been a freelance writer for several years. A graduate of Indiana University, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He offers advice on money-saving tips using common-sense tactics. He welcomes suggestions and comments. Contact Neal:

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