Submitted by Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce

The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber) announces a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for The Centerville Café, which re-opened on January 5 by new owners Michelle and Lisa Little in downtown Centralia. The ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place on Wednesday, February 15, at noon. The Littles will be on hand to celebrate the Grand Opening. As part of the festivities, the Centerville Café is offering pancakes for $.39 each, a throwback to old diner specials previous owners have offered. Centerville Café is located at 111 North Tower Avenue in Centralia.

The Centerville Café
Michelle Little, Sam Lalicker, Lisa Little, Connie Lalicker, Jessica Koehn. Photo courtesy: Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce

Both Michelle and Lisa grew up in the area and have come to the Centerville Café for more than 20 years. Before being approached by previous owners Marion Manzer and Morris Gall about purchasing the restaurant, Michelle managed a restaurant in Olympia, and Lisa worked as a nurse. Manzer and Gall wanted the restaurant to stay family-owned to keep the spirit of The Centerville Café alive in Centralia. The Café got its name in 2013 when Manzer and Gall bought the then ‘Jersey Diner’ and renamed it after the original name of Centralia, which was Centerville.

The Centerville Café is more than 120 years old, but the priority is still the same. Michelle comments, “We focus on having really good food, cooked with love. We want it to feel like home when you come in. Our staff really makes this place amazing.” The Café was only closed for four days after the Littles took ownership, and they have been in operation since January 5. Most of the wait staff stayed through the ownership changes, and some have been working at The Centerville Café for over 20 years. Visit The Centerville Café at 111 N Tower Ave., Centralia and follow them on Facebook for their current specials.

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