Have you been to the Roadhouse Café lately? If not, you may not recognize it. The starched white linen tablecloths have been replaced with a black-and-white checkerboard print topped with brown paper. And instead of long-sleeved, button-down shirts, the servers now wear referee-style shirts featuring ’81, the year of the restaurant’s opening.
Owner Dave Colombo introduced a more relaxed vibe because “people just want to be able to relax and enjoy their friends and family without feeling like they have to get too dressed up.” Many of the restaurant’s signature dishes are still on the diverse menu, such as Kobe beef carpaccio and seafood fra diavolo, but those looking for more casual fare will have plenty to choose from, including Angus burgers, fish or beef short rib tacos, and fish and chips with hand-cut fries. Colombo has also gone back to including a complimentary house salad with every entrée, served with the café’s homemade sweet Italian dressing—available by the bottle at the Roadhouse and markets on the Upper and Mid-Cape. If you like desserts, all made in-house, dig into the key lime pie or salted caramel cheesecake.
The Roadhouse Café serves dinner seven nights a week year-round beginning at 4 p.m. Live jazz is featured every Monday and Tuesday. 488 South St., Hyannis, 508-775-2386, CLICK HERE to view their website