Shakers American Cafe opened in College Park on August 23rd, 1993. The restaurant got its name from all the salt and pepper shakers on display at the restaurant. Hundreds of sets that were donated by customers over the years.
In the beginning the cafe offered a free slice of pie for the donation! Today the same menu is served and little has changed, specialty sandwiches such as Orlando Grill, Annie’s Apple, Karen’s Club and more are popular hits as well as the fresh salads, homemade soups and daily chalkboard specials.
Shakers American Cafe has become known for its grilled Blueberry Muffins, all started by a customer request to have their blueberry muffin grilled, another customer observed the grilled muffin and ordered it ‘Loved It’ and wrote a positive Yelp review and now people come in asking for it…..our best ideas come from our customers!
Greg and Terry Granda are the fourth generation owners of Shakers American Café. We purchased the restaurant in July, 2014. Being a local College Park Resident and a raving fan of Shakers, the opportunity was too great to pass up, so we became restaurant owners for the first time!
We both had restaurant careers and management experience, however we were out of the restaurant business for a while working regular jobs, but our passion for great food and awesome customer service and fun brought us back to the restaurant business and we’re having a blast.
Greg’s restaurant career experience is over 25 years that started with attending the Culinary Institute of America, cooking at several New York City restaurants before moving into management, Multi unit management and a director of operations for well-known chain restaurants. Terry has restaurant management experience.
Our commitment is to carry on the tradition of Shakers American Cafe that’s known for great food and service, maintain our signature items while creating exciting breakfast and lunch specials that are current and seasonal.