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Rick's Lunch & Breakfast Now Open For Business

Breakfast sandwiches, soups, a wide variety of coffee and tea flavors are just some of the offerings.

The former Gulf gas station on the corner of Nathans Lane and Boston Post Road, on the west side of town, has undergone a transformation. Gone are the gas pumps, the Gulf sign and the signage welcoming customers to Madison Mini Mart.

What greets customers now is Rick’s Lunch & Breakfast.

Increased gas competition, new federal and state regulations, changing insurance requirements and less profit precipitated the change, said Rick Dombroski.

Operating in the same location for the last 20 years, Dombroski and his wife, Debbie, slowly built up the cooking end of the business so when they decided to completely close the gas station, with encouragement from their daughters, 26-year-old Krista and 21-year-old Danielle, the couple decided to transform the building into a café.

“When I first started they had a hotplate,” explained Dombroski. “I went from that to a stove. I was cooking on the frying pans, then I had to get a griddle. It just picked up. That’s always been good; we do a lot of breakfast sandwiches.”

These sandwiches include bacon, egg and cheese and sausage, egg and cheese. In addition, omelets and home fries are offered for breakfast. The lunch menu includes chili, chicken/sausage gumbo, chicken cutlets, tuna salad, meatballs and chicken salad.

Coffee lovers will find a wide variety of flavors including hazelnut, irish crème and eggnog and for those who prefer tea there is lemon, Darjeeling, chamomile, and earl grey.

“We all come over here,” said Hammonasset Ford Sales Consultant James Filley. “We would miss it terribly if it wasn’t here.”

Filley, a regular, says his favorite breakfast sandwich is Scrammy Hammy and Provolone on a hard roll with Tabasco sauce and for lunch, pot roast with horseradish sauce on a hard roll. “He makes the best pot roast going,” said Filley.

He’s trying to talk Dombroski into making French toast for breakfast – Filley’s French Toast.

While Dombrowski has not yet made the decision to expand his breakfast menu to include Filley’s French Toast, he does have plans to open a takeout window offering ice cream in the spring.

“I put a sliding window in the side,” said Dombrowski. “So we’re going to try to do a takeout. We’re going to redo the lot out there, make a nice picnic area and a pergola and fancy it up out there.”

Rick’s Breakfast & Lunch

181 Boston Post Road

Madison

203-245-2405

Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday                 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tony Colozzi December 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM
This place has been a Madison institution for years and just gets better. Good luck Rick and Debbie!!
Kevin Taylor December 27, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I actually stopped in the day after Christmas and was very excited to see they have a new panini press. I tried "Krista's Chicken Salad Melt" as a panini and it was the best sandwich I have ever eaten! I can't wait to stop in again and try everything on their menu. Great food and even better people. I can't wait until they open their ice cream window.
Sarah Page Kyrcz December 27, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Paninis!?! I'll have to pay them another visit!
Sean Carroll December 27, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I have been going to Rick's for as long as I can remember and it has only gotten better. It is convenient if you want to grab a quick, on-the-go, sandwich, or if you want to stay and kill some time in the newly renovated dining area. You won't meat a friendlier cook who stays so calm during the lunch rush! He will make you anything you want as long as he has it in stock...I recommend anything breakfast oriented, and for lunch, definitely a panini, the pot roast, BBQ pulled pork, any grilled wrap, and especially the "Kevman!" I am at Rick's quite frequently and never have I been disappointed!
r lewis December 28, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Where is this?
Sarah Page Kyrcz January 08, 2013 at 08:00 AM
R lewis. Thus is right next to Hammonasset Ford on the west side of Madison. Hope you can locate it.

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