The aroma of freshly brewed coffee mixes with that of hot-out-of-the-oven muffins, biscuits, and pies. Sunlight and friendly chatter fills the lofty dining room – illuminating the eclectic decor, laughter, stories, and smiles.
The Bridge Café – originally Frenchtown’s train station circa 1860 – opened its doors on July 4th, 1987 by Kenneth and Lisa Miller. The Miller’s, both New Jersey natives and CIA graduates, reimagined this local landmark into a bakery and restaurant as a place where neighbors, friends, and visitors alike can gather, eat delicious food, and catch up with one another.
“I very strongly believe that our cozy space – all 1,200 square feet of it – is really a place where people can meet-up and just spend time with one another,” Lisa told me during a recent conversation. “Frenchtown itself is so friendly and I think The Bridge Café really carries that energy.”
The couple, along with their three sons, work and manage the bustling restaurant on a daily basis with a strong emphasis on high quality and innovative menu items and baked goods. During the summer, Graham Miller, their middle son, implements The Platform, an evening reprise featuring cutting edge gastronomic choices on an ever changing menu and using the café’s train platform area for seated guests, indoor or al fresco.
“Being members of the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce is very important to us,” Lisa said. “They’ve done so much to support us and our business since expanding to a broader area. People – visitors and locals – want to explore the individual towns. Additionally, we have found it’s a great way to tap even deeper into our own community – finding professionals and services we now frequent on a regular basis!”
The Millers and their Bridge Café is a gem in the heart of Frenchtown.
Business: The Bridge Café
Owners: Kenneth and Lisa Miller
Location: 8 Bridge St., Frenchtown, New Jersey 08825
Phone: (908) 996-6040
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