River Lights Café Ready to Open


by Terry Rogers 

Dan Perez and his fiancé, Rebecca Garcia, are putting the finishing touches on the new River Lights Café that they hope to open Saturday, September 22. The café is located next door to Perez’s tax office and will feature outdoor seating for breakfast and lunch.

“I purchased the building because I thought it would be a good way to connect my tax office,” Perez said. “Then, I met this beautiful woman and she told me she had experience in the restaurant business. I told her I owned a building right on the river that would be perfect for a little café. I brought her to see it and she fell in love with it.”

Garcia worked for 14 years at the Army-Navy Club in Alexandria, Virginia and at a school cafeteria for seven years in Falls Church, Virginia. She has been spending her time planning the menu which will include some of the dishes she learned to make while growing up in Mexico.

“We will have typical breakfast and lunch foods,” Garcia explained. “Things like pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, even huevos rancheros and other Mexican dishes. We will be open from 6:30 AM until 3 PM and will also offer fresh baked goods.”

Garcia plans to operate the restaurant as more of a carry-out location, although there will be seating both inside and outside. The couple plans to offer good food with good service at affordable prices. All of the menu items will be homemade. Perez felt that the area where the restaurant is located needed some improvement and feels that the new café will bring more people to the area.

“We want the residents of Milford and others who pass through the town have a place to visit and feel at home,” Garcia said. “We want a place where they can enjoy a coffee or homemade breakfast while enjoying this beautiful view in a cozy place. Our menu will have a wide variety of breakfast and lunch food at affordable prices along with a stunning view of the river.”

River Lights Café is currently hiring for counter and kitchen help. Anyone who is interested in a position at the restaurant can stop in to fill out an application. The restaurant is located at 340 Northeast Front Street.

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