On March 31 the original Colossal Cafe will serve its final flapper. The Powderhorn Park breakfast and lunch restaurant that has been serving those mammoth, yeasted pancakes along with other comfort food favorites since 2005. Today father and daughter owners John and Elizabeth Tinucci have announced that the restaurant will close and move about a mile away to 2403 E 38th Street, the site that was most recently Pilgrimage Cafe.
The two bought Colossal Cafe from the original owner in 2010 and was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives for being a super small restaurant with a supersized fan following.
Elizabeth describes the move as bittersweet in a press release. “We knew that this tiny restaurant in south Minneapolis was an institution in the community.” However there are perks with a new location beyond just the fact that there will be more than double the seating available. They will finally have the ability to accept credit cards as payment.
Inside the new spot, there is room for 44 diners and warm weather brings another 24 on the shaded patio.
Fans don’t have to worry about a menu change, the same flips, scratch-made biscuits and gravy and those plate-sized flappers will stay the same. The new location is expected to open before spring is done.
As for what they plan to do with the original location, the owner’s lips are sealed. However, they are not letting go of that location.
For that brief time when there’s no Colossal Cafe in Minneapolis, fans can visit one of the other two locations in St. Paul, on Grand Avenue and on Como.