During The Great Depression, a local tobacco warehouse in Erlanger, Kentucky was bustling with farmers. In 1933, resident Clara Rich saw an opportunity to fullfill her dream and founded a restaurant to feed the community. The Colonial Cottage opened to serve up home cooking with an affordable price.
Decades later, the restaurant has gracefully withstood the test of time. While the names and faces have changed, The Cottage remains true to the original mission by offering great food at a fair price for nearly 80 years.
Owner Matt Grimes with his children, Caitlin and Jacob.
The Colonial Cottage is known regionally for its Breakfast Omelettes and Homemade Cream Pies. It also has a dedicated following for all things goetta: goetta & eggs, goetta nachos, goetta burger, goetta grilled cheese...even goetta desserts!
Although it is popular for offering breakfast all day, The Cottage has an extensive menu and serves up Daily Specials on a rotating basis. Some of the favorites include: fried chicken, prime rib, meat loaf, salmon croquettes and cottage ham. Vegetarian entrées are among the newest creations from the kitchen..
As a family-owned restaurant, The Colonial Cottage has earned many distinctions:
Featured on Travel Channel's "Taste of America"
Won the 2009 Erlanger Business Chili Cook-off
Featured in the recent book "Counter Culture"
Featured in Behringer-Crawford Museum’s "Gourmet Dixie" exhibit
Stop in soon and become part of The Colonial Cottage family tradition!