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EJ’s Bayfront Café will open at Meridian Marketplace

EJ’s Chunky Monkey Waffle Platter. Photo by Dave Horton and Gian Fortune Photography

EJ’s Bayfront Café, the popular breakfast/lunch/brunch destination at Bayfront Place, hits the road.

Owner Eric Becker is taking over the former Meridian Café, located eight miles northeast of Meridian Marketplace on Pine Ridge Road. Becker is a classically trained chef who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts College in St. Louis. He worked in country clubs and was associated with Eli’s Restaurant & Lounge in Carlyle, Illinois, before opening EJ’s Bayfront Café in 2012. His menu focuses on morning classics: omelettes, Benedicts, scrambles and skillets, complemented by a number of vegetarian dishes and vegan choices.

EJ’s serves 450 to 500 guests per day in season. Despite the high volume, Becker is committed to using fresh, seasonal produce in nearly every dish. “Our mission was to create a family restaurant that would bring the community together and offer a quality, homemade product,” he says. The restaurant is pet-friendly on the large outdoor patio, and a county dog ​​park is just across the street.

Becker hopes to open his new location by mid-May. He will have access to the recipes of the former Meridian Café, renowned for its gluten-free dishes. EJ’s Meridian will have 80 seats to start and will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement