The former Gulf gas station on the corner of Nathans Lane and Boston Post Road, on the west side of town, has undergone a transformation. Gone are the gas pumps, the Gulf sign and the signage welcoming customers to Madison Mini Mart.
What greets customers now is Rick’s Lunch & Breakfast.
Increased gas competition, new federal and state regulations, changing insurance requirements and less profit precipitated the change, said Rick Dombroski.
Operating in the same location for the last 20 years, Dombroski and his wife, Debbie, slowly built up the cooking end of the business so when they decided to completely close the gas station, with encouragement from their daughters, 26-year-old Krista and 21-year-old Danielle, the couple decided to transform the building into a café.
“When I first started they had a hotplate,” explained Dombroski. “I went from that to a stove. I was cooking on the frying pans, then I had to get a griddle. It just picked up. That’s always been good; we do a lot of breakfast sandwiches.”
These sandwiches include bacon, egg and cheese and sausage, egg and cheese. In addition, omelets and home fries are offered for breakfast. The lunch menu includes chili, chicken/sausage gumbo, chicken cutlets, tuna salad, meatballs and chicken salad.
Coffee lovers will find a wide variety of flavors including hazelnut, irish crème and eggnog and for those who prefer tea there is lemon, Darjeeling, chamomile, and earl grey.
“We all come over here,” said Hammonasset Ford Sales Consultant James Filley. “We would miss it terribly if it wasn’t here.”
Filley, a regular, says his favorite breakfast sandwich is Scrammy Hammy and Provolone on a hard roll with Tabasco sauce and for lunch, pot roast with horseradish sauce on a hard roll. “He makes the best pot roast going,” said Filley.
He’s trying to talk Dombroski into making French toast for breakfast – Filley’s French Toast.
While Dombrowski has not yet made the decision to expand his breakfast menu to include Filley’s French Toast, he does have plans to open a takeout window offering ice cream in the spring.
“I put a sliding window in the side,” said Dombrowski. “So we’re going to try to do a takeout. We’re going to redo the lot out there, make a nice picnic area and a pergola and fancy it up out there.”
Rick’s Breakfast & Lunch
181 Boston Post Road
Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.