Orange Café
By YP Contributor

Starting Your Day

The old adage “location, location, location” when doesn’t always hold up when faced with the skills of a veteran restauranteur like Jim Asimakopoulus. He opened Orange Café in 2002 in a spot where few others have dared to go. “A few restaurants prior to ours had closed," he says. "It was closed for two years before we came by. I looked at it and said I don’t know, maybe we can do something here.”

In order to keep the workload manageable, Orange Café opened only as a breakfast place, specializing in everything from the basics of eggs and bacon to creative eggs Benedict and omelettes. It was a hit, with people lining up outside the restaurant. In fact, Jim kept getting asked to extend his hours, prompting him to start a dinner service four nights a week. “People were always telling us they came at four or five o’clock but had to turn back,” says Jim. “I wasn’t going to open in the evenings to serve omelettes, so we put in a creative dinner menu.”

There have been a few times where people are waiting in line outside and it’s raining and they’re still waiting in line. What can I tell you? I’m so grateful. - Jim Asimakopoulus, owner
Orange Café is located in NDG in Montreal.

Getting Creative with Food

Devising food creations that keep people lining up is what motivates Jim. Orange Café treats food like art and every new item goes through a rigorous process before it hits the menu. “It will take us a month for everyone to taste it and go over every part of the dish,” says Jim. “We sit here and agonize over this. I could do that creative part my whole life.”

Whether it's the phenomenal beet burger with hummus or the jambalaya, each dish is made with the customer in mind. Jim knows his customers and listens to what they want in their food. “A lot of times they’ll come in and say give me this, no this, no that, put this on the side. So let’s create a plate with no this and no that. It’s just paying attention to your clientele.”

Orange Café is located in NDG in Montreal.

Thankful for his Customers

Jim has made good friends with the regulars over the years. “It’s a personalized business. If you’re not good with people, this is not a business for you,” he adds.

Jim is grateful when he sees how much his customers enjoy Orange Café and keep coming back. “There are restaurants all over the place, but customers still tell us we’re one of the best breakfast places in town. It’s great to hear because it’s a lot of hard work,” says Jim. “There have been a few times where people are waiting in line outside and it’s raining and they’re still waiting in line. What can I tell you? I’m so grateful.”

Orange Café is located in NDG in Montreal.
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