In 1939, a small gas station diner on the side of what was then Highway 40 (today’s Business Loop) opened up by the name of Glenn’s Cafe. The original owners, Glenn Purdy and his wife Tilley, enjoyed a 40+ year run at that location, starting as little more than a diner but graduating to a well-known food establishment. Glenn’s and its eponymous sign became a favorite of weary travelers and local families alike.
In 1985, the business, and sign, were purchased by Stephen Cupp and then moved to downtown Columbia in 1988. For 14 years, Glenn’s Cafe sat at the corner of 9th and Cherry Street, in what is now the Kaldi’s Coffee building, and there it grew its New Orleans’ influence. Those with a good enough memory have long tried to forget the last Mardi Gras they spent there!
In 2002 Glenn’s closed its doors and many thought they’d seen the last of the Columbia legend. However, after a brief stint from 2006 to 2012 at Hotel Frederick in Boonville, MO, Glenn’s Cafe and the beloved original sign moved back to downtown Columbia in the summer of 2013. Its legacy continues today at its current location next door to The Tiger Hotel with a southern comfort food menu that is not to be missed.
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