Brigitte (pronounced Brah-Get-ah) came to the US with a dollar to her name and knowing very little English. She married a soldier and worked on the family farm. Realizing that the farm life was not for her, she started working a Fred’s Cafe. Through hard-work, determination and a smile that could light up a room she eventually owned her own restaurant. In 1970 she bought the business from Fred and Brigitte’s Cafe was born. Brigitte was famous for her larger than life personality and the ability to make everyone feel at home. She was a stickler for details and always made sure that the napkins were placed just right.
While Brigitte’s Cafe started as a diner on Highway 10, it has had a few other locations over the years. There was a truck stop on I-94 in Clearwater and there was even a German nightclub where the servers wore lederhosen. Boy how the times have changed!