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December 7, 2009

A Time Capsule Cafe – Starburst Formica and Great Food

My parents recently bought a small house on a lake in Woodruff, Wisconsin.  It is really cute, in a retirement community and they love it.  And the best part is, they have a yellow 1970s bathroom. Pictures of that are coming up later this week.

In the meantime, here is pictures of the Wood’s Cafe, which is right down the street from my parent’s new place.


Pretty neat, isn’t it?  This cute little mom and pop cafe has been owned by the same family since 1963, and while the inside isn’t exactly the same as it once was, it is pretty close.


Here is a picture of the cafe from the 1960’s.  Don’t you just love it???

And here is the cafe today.


The floor has changed somewhat, but the counter is pretty much the same, which is the great part. 

The two cute guys are Tom, of course, and my Dad, who was really excited to find a place where he could get good corned beef hash for breakfast before a fishing trip.


Here is the AMAZING Formica on the counter.  Tom was dying over this and I can’t blame him.  I would give my eyeteeth to be able to put this in our kitchen right now!


Another shot of the counter and the great barstools.


Our food, nice and hot!  Looks good, doesn’t it?  And I adore the vintage plates! The pancakes were super good, by the way and had real butter on them.  I love Wisconsin.

So, if you come up to Northern Wisconsin, make sure you stop by the Woods Cafe in Woodruff, especially if you are crazy about vintage!

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6 Responses to A Time Capsule Cafe – Starburst Formica and Great Food

  1. Paulette Reply

    December 7, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I love northern Wisconsin (I live in southern) but don’t get there nearly enough. We used to vacation “up north” near Hayward when I was young, and I had relatives who owned a cottage rental place near St. Germaine. A great uncle remembered when John Dillinger used to visit the area. Definitely a neat place to visit and spend some time!

  2. Sara in AZ Reply

    December 7, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Uh-oh, Tom’s face is half chopped off! 😉 That diner is super cute Ruth, and the food looks great! That starburst formica is the bomb!!! I wish they would bring that type of formica back, that would be fantastic in your kitchen.

  3. Annie B. Reply

    December 7, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Congratulations to your parents on the new lake house! That cafe is terrific!! Love its neon sign….does it still shine at night?? Looks like the homey-est place in the world; great vintage pyrex plates, too. A corned beef hash breakfast is about as mid century as it gets, and one of my personal favorites!

  4. AmberDusick Reply

    December 7, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    So funny, I was looking at the photos thinking “aw, that looks like back home” which for me is Wisconsin! Love that countertop. My grandmother has those plates.

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  6. jackie Reply

    August 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

    i have a dining table (that is currently my computer table) with that EXACT pattern! picked it up from an elderly couple moving out of their home of 55 years for 10 dollars. She bought it from the furniture store down the street in the 50’s. wish it was put to better use but my husband has quarantined it to our office!

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