Having produced lines out the door at the first location the time came for a second location and we searched and searched until we found the right one. 27313 Jefferson Avenue, Temecula - right area, lovely family orientated landlord and a fair lease! We already knew that some of our customers travelled all the way from San Diego, Escondido and Temecula to get to us. Therefore we decided to locate the second 'Annie's Cafe' in Temecula. Our wonderful landlord produced and executed the lease within four days so that Kevin could get in there and get started. It was originally a diner and more recently a burger bar and required some major renovations and repairs to bring it to the beautiful restaurant you see today. Kevin worked night and day with contractors and suppliers whilst I organized the documentation, permits and licenses, Oh my !!
We have had many, many newspaper articles written about us since our small beginning in October 2000, but none as great as being featured on KTLA News 'Burrous Bites' in July 2013. Chris Burrous stated that he had received more emails regarding Annie's Cafe 'than any other restaurant that he had ever featured'. A truly great compliment to us and a testimony to how brilliant Annie's customers really are!
Annie's always has been primarily an American Diner with attitude and taste - but we've thrown in a few of our home favorites to make it 'A little Brit different'. We serve just three British meals, Fish n' chips, Bangers and Mash and the Winston Churchill full English breakfast with Heinz Baked Beans, English Bangers and English Bacon. But we've got loads of British memorabilia decorating the walls so that we may share our heritage with you - we even have a full size knight standing guard and a telephone box for those many 'Facebook' moments for your long distance friends and family.
And the dancing - one day a young lady (knee high to a grasshopper!) came in and asked if I would do the chicken dance with her and it made so many people smile that we continued. We now spontaneously erupt into many different dances during the day - why, because it makes our customers smile and that's what Annie's is all about - great food and service in a fun environment - life's good when we can make you smile!
The Temecula location opened in February 2014 and was being managed by family members on our behalf. They've now returned to England and so the Original Annie's team (Kevin, Kirsty and Annie) has taken over the management of this location. Pop in any time you're in the Temecula area and say hi whilst we wine and dine you in our friendly fun cafe!
Annie's Cafe actually started as a little 'mom and pop' burger bar named 'Sunnymead Hamburgers'. in Lake Elsinore. The original owners - a hard-working, quality couple who loved to look after their customers and serve great food, realized soon after the arrival of McDonalds, In n' Out and Carl's Jnr, that it would be difficult to compete with those major chains at this little location. So they changed their game plan and in 1989 'Sunnymead Burgers' became 'Annie's Cafe" named after the owner's grandmother who loved to cook.
Subsequent owners had limited success with keeping the high standards of the original couple and by October 2000 the successive owners, failing and about to become bankrupt, decided that they would simply walk out at the end of their lease, October 31 2000. That's when the "Original Annie's Team" (Jannie Annie, my husband Kevin and our daughter, Kirsty took over the restaurant. We bought 'Annie's Cafe' on October 27th 2000 with just four employees and immediately set to the task of revitalizing this little place. New refrigeration and kitchen equipment was purchased to replace the units in disrepair. We cleaned and scrubbed the kitchen, prep and dishwash areas. We closed for Thanksgiving the following month and all three of us rolled up our sleeves and attacked the dining room with bleach, polish and a steam cleaner for the walls and carpet - imagine our shock when the 'burgundy' carpet was truly blue! Customers came in that Friday and commented that we had 'redecorated' - no my lovelies, it's called bleach! This location was sold to a gentleman called Keith Kahn at the end of March 2019 so when you visit be sure to say hi!
And just so you know - from our humble beginnings with just four employees - we are now giving employment to many, many more people, with plans for more - doing our bit for America, well the Inland Empire anyway!