The Burton’s expanded several times and became a huge success for many years in Corvallis. After their retirement on January 22, 2006, it was up in the air what should become of the historical site.
The restaurant was split into three separate parts creating three separate businesses. The Solstice Cafe, GK1, and alas The Broken Yolk Cafe. After trying to fill the space with another retail occupancy, the city’s response changed the new owners mind. Several people were begging him to maintain the spot as a restaurant which was much more challenging.
Brooke and Brandon Dale noticed the spot in March of 2006. They looked at it and saw huge potential for their dream to come true. The papers were signed and they were on the road to creating a new restaurant. After a full year of renovating and upgrading, almost everything was new. The floors, walls, ceilings, electrical, plumbing, etc., etc. It was time to open in March of 2007 as The Broken Yolk Cafe!
Our goal was to use the history to welcome the old-timers that wanted to remember their old stomping grounds, but to create a new and exciting atmosphere for the young-at-heart. We used all the old booths and tables from Burton’s, but added graphics to the tables creating an updated feel. We wanted our menu to maintain the homestyle feel many people were used to at this location.
It was important for us to speak to those who had been here over the years and even those who were coming in still expecting Burton’s to be there. People love to come in and reminisce and comment on the fun changes. Our play area speaks to the families which we definitely wanted. That way parents can relax and not feel guilty or hurried through their meals. Our tables in the back speak to the students and singles who use our game tables while they wait.
Everyone loves it here and we’re excited to be here for another 40 years!!