Miss Linen’s Café caters to all ages

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 02:36 PM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Visit Miss Linen’s Café on Panama City Beach Parkway for a great Cuban in a cozy atmosphere, and then get some shopping on the side — next door at Florida Linen.

“I’ve thought about it for a long time,” owner Lyn Retherford said as we sat at one of the retro dining tables. “When somebody shops in our store, they bring their husband and kids who have nothing to do — they’re bored. It’s something to entertain them.”

The café is modern, but kid-friendly. Red pendant lighting hangs over a lacquered dark brown wood bar in a narrow dining area with hues of red, black and gray. A framed photo of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio hangs on the wall. A variety of children’s toys are neatly stowed in the lounge area by the black and white yin yang couches.

“I wanted the men to be comfortable in here, didn’t want it to be frou-frou … We have salads and sandwiches. We just also have beer,” Retherford said. “One Saturday, we had a bunch of guys come watch the game. That was a really fun crowd.”

The café, which serves lunch and dinner, has five flatscreen TVs. Happy hour is 4-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with $1 off all beer and wine, and customers can get $1 draft beer all day Saturday. The café is closed Sundays and Mondays throughout the winter.

“The original goal was to get husbands over here, but it turned into a lot of locals, businesses coming in,” Retherford said.

Doctors from Gulf Coast Dermatology have taken to the Cuban sandwich, the No. 1 seller.

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