About five years ago, Lakeside Fibers added an extension to the rear of its building at 402 W. Lakeside Street. Some of the space is filled with yarn and other goodies for sale, but since last September, the east side of the space has been home to the Washington Hotel Coffee Room.
An historic hotel, located on Washington Island, just off the tip of Door County, The Washington Hotel is renowned for its fine dining, featuring organic foods grown in on-site gardens and by local farmers. The Madison coffee house features coffees, teas, juices, and smoothies; homemade scones and other baked goods; and a selction of sandwiches including chicken breast on sourdough bread and elk summer sausage on sourdough bread. Terese Allen, a cookbook author and food columnist for Isthmus, recently reviewed The Washington Hotel Coffee Room and you may read her review by clicking HERE.
If you're planning to have breakfast before the All Central Reunion starts at noon -- and you don't want to have to wash dishes afterwards -- you could drop by Central alumnus (and All Central reunion organizer) Rich Bennett's bar at 416 N. Park Street for Smut n' Eggs. But if you'd rather not watch a closeup view of some raunchy sex while you munch on a muffin, you may want to consider breakfast at The Washington Hotel Coffee Room. The really tall windows in its seating area offer a great view out over Lake Monona towards Downtown Madison (even if the winter landscape is rather dingy). The coffee room is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday -- and it's only a few blocks walk from the VFW.
Complete set (1924-1926) online at Dane County Historical Society
Accessing The Madison Mirror online at the DCHS
Before you click on over to the DCHS site to view the online versions of The Madison Mirror, a few words of advice/wisdom/caution:
(1) The link in the middle of the "I Remember Madison Central High" page for title "Read The Madison Mirror" doesn't work; use the one in the sidebar ("View The Madison Mirror") instead.
(2) When you click on the "View The Madison Mirror" link, you'll reach a 32-page PDF document with a list of links to the issues of The Madison Mirror in chronological order. This means you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Most people do, but if you don't have it, you'll have to install it. Use this link to Adobe for a free download (and uncheck the box for the free eBay Desktop before you start to save space on your hard drive).
(3) BE VERY CAREFUL: Many of the PDF files for individual issues of The Madison Mirror are HUGE. I've found some that are 12 MG. If you're still using a dial-up connect, you probably don't want to try to access any of these PDFs because it will take too long to open them. Even if you have a high-speed connection, you may find that you're unable to open some issues because of the size. Trying to do so may tie up your browser. Note: It's not just me (and I have DSL). Some other alumni have also been trying to open issues of particular interest to them and reported to me that they couldn't.