Location History

1919

Roger Q. Mills founded Sunny Brook Farm near Monroe, in 1919.

1923

The current location of the Broken Yolk Cafe was built in 1920; however, it wasn’t occupied as a restaurant until the late summer of 1923 when Mr. Mills and his wife, Bertha (Mrs. Alex Smith, now deceased), moved the business to the third street location. At that time, a small bar was installed seating six people. There were two round tables and wire-backed chairs in this ice cream parlor.

1931

In 1931 a Frigidaire soda fountain was installed as was an “L” shaped maple bar seating about eight persons. Three of the current booths were installed by the window. About 1935, another long section of maple bar was installed forming a “U”.

1940

In 1940, Mrs. Mills-Smith remodeled the dairy lunch installing three small “U” bars and changing the decor to black and white. The kitchen was enlarged to serve hot meals, and a steam table was purchased.

1950

The Sunny Brook Dairy moved to their present location on North Ninth in about 1950. In 1968 Bob and Dawn Burton took over and expanded to “Burton’s Sunny Brook Restaurant. ” During the 1969 remodeling and expansion, the dairy loading dock was removed from the rear of the main building. At this time, an entry was installed to the city parking lot from the building.