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If the road to happiness is a journey, you better take a right at Route 72

By National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter

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left to right: Childhood friends Glen Staubley and Christian Gombos stand at the entrance to the kitchen of their restaurant the Greenhouse Café. The restaurant is a quaint New England destination spot perfect for bikers, families and tourist.
BURLINGTON, CT - They say happiness is a journey. And, it’s true – a scenic drive to the picturesque town of Burlington reveals a little known roadside destination spot that promises to delight.

Situated at the foot of the Berkshires and bordering the Farmington River, Burlington is located about 20 miles west of Hartford. Nestled in the tiny town, rests the charming Greenhouse Café, an open-air restaurant featuring farm-to-table fare, including locally grown organic fruits and vegetables. In fact, most meals are prepared with vegetables and fruits grown on-site.

“We are dedicated to serving homemade sauces, soups and other dishes using only the freshest ingredients,” said co-owner Glenn Staubley, who with his business partner, Christian Gombos, opened the Greenhouse Café in the spring. “We have our own gardens and greenhouses. We also offer fresh, sustainable seafood harvested off the coasts of Connecticut and Rhode Island.”

Staubley and Gombos are childhood friends. Both attended St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol and later, after college, paired their strengths in landscape architecture, horticulture, art and construction to establish, in 1996, Laurel Land Design, a design-build company focusing on residential landscape design and construction. Their extensive portfolio includes design projects for multi-million dollar homes.

The longtime friends and business partners also share another passion – food, in particular, fresh food prepared with quality ingredients. Meals are plated with drizzled sauces or sprinkled with seeds, citrus knots, edible flowers or other eye-catching garnishes. The pantry is stocked with freshly made pies and cobblers, including strawberry and rhubarb pie, blueberry crumble and peach cobbler. The fries are hand cut. Favorite sides include poutine, a French-Canadian dish featuring French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and covered with hot brown gravy. Bacon-wrapped smoked jalapenos-stuffed with cream cheese is also another favorite side.

Greenhouse Café guests dine al fresco overlooking a charming pond and colorful gardens.
“Our burgers are made with fresh angus beef, never frozen,” said Gombos. “In fact, nothing we serve is ever frozen. We also feature a vegetarian burger made of marinated Portabella mushroom, grilled onion and roasted red pepper, topped with Greenhouse Aioli. The fish tacos are a big favorite.”

Guests dine al fresco, alongside a small pond and beautiful gardens. Children will enjoy the friendly chickens and ducks roaming throughout the gardens. The Greenhouse Café offers weekly specials and hosts occasional dinner events, such as New England clambakes and pig roasts. On Tuesday evenings, the café features live music by local artists. Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite wine or beer. And, to top off the visit, the locally renowned Frozen Gnome ice cream shop is located next door.

The Greenhouse Café is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The cafe is located at 511 Speilman Highway in Burlington. For more information, visit wwwgreenhouse-café.com or call 860-673-8111.

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