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Three Crowns Coffee rolls out new brunch menu with Bloody Mary bar

I have only had one issue with Three Crowns Coffee in downtown Warsaw and that was the fact that I wasn’t ever sure what was going to be on the brunch menu on Saturdays.

Sure, I probably could have gone to its Facebook page to find out, but there’s a certain comfort level knowing that when Saturday morning comes around, I know what’s going to be on the menu. If anything, I’m a creature of habit and for someone like me, a Saturday morning guessing game — especially before I’ve had my coffee — wasn’t something that ranked at the top of my to-do list each weekend.

That’s all about to change this Saturday, Aug. 8, though, as Three Crowns rolls out its brand new brunch menu. Created by owner Dave Gustafson and chefs Chad Hemphill and Chris Prater (along with input from coffee gurus Eric Squires and Andrew Freehauf), the new menu reflects the diversity of the team who created it. 

The new menu, which will be available only on Saturdays, includes brunch classics such as eggs Benedict, made with an in-house hollandaise that really helps to set it apart from variations offered at other restaurants and the BLT, which goes beyond the typical bacon, lettuce and tomato ingredients by also including avocado, smoked Gouda and garlic aioli. In the short time I was there this past weekend, it was a customer favorite.

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Other highlights on the new menu are the blueberry mint waffle (topped with blueberry ice cream), chorizo biscuits and gravy and the Farm Hand, a cheesy scrambled eggs/sausage patty/cornbread offering. Sides such as fresh fruit, cheesy grits and yogurt parfait will also be available. 

As delicious as the new brunch menu sounds, the most exciting part might be the new drinks. As befits any self-respecting brunch, the new menu will offer interested parties three variations of a Bloody Mary, a create-your-own Bloody Mary bar and mimosas.

Bloody Mary cocktail. (Tom Westerhof)

These aren’t the virgin variations either, folks — it’ll come loaded with the requisite alcohol, making day drinking at 8 a.m. in downtown Warsaw reason enough to crawl out of bed on Saturday morning. 

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After sampling two of the Bloody Mary drinks, I can tell you it’s tailor-made to get your weekend started in the right frame of mind. A limited beer selection will also be available with details to come soon. 

New seating arrangements are also in the plans in an effort to give Three Crowns a more cafe-like atmosphere. Adjusted hours on Saturday will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., so keep that in mind if you’re used to rolling in closer to 2 p.m. 

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