Belsom Family Owned and Operated....
Breakfast Served 8am-2pm
Lunch Served 11am-2pm
Dinner Served 4pm-9pm Thurs, Fri, & Sat Only
"Rebuilding An Abita Landmark”
The Abita Springs Café was built in 1881 as home to a local butcher shop, which operated here until 1919. Over the next 40 years, it was home to several different businesses, such as Murphy’s Lawnmower repair shop before eventually becoming Abita Springs’ favorite breakfast and lunch spot.
In the 1960’s, Walter J. Belsom and his wife, Betty purchased property at the end of Kustenmacher Road along the Abita River. Here along with their three children, Donald, Charles, and Mary, they raised a variety of livestock on the small farm they affectionately named “Belsom Haven”. Walter worked for Samuel Zemurray, nicknamed “Sam the Banana Man”, head of the United Fruit Company for over fifty years before retiring.
In 1979, Walter purchased several pieces of property in Abita Springs, including the current location of the Abita Springs Café and neighboring Snowball stand. Over the next thirty three years the Abita Springs Café would be operated by several different restaurateurs and became famous for its breakfast.
In 1996, Walter’s grandson, Brent, son of Charles and Alison Belsom, entered the restaurant business and spent the next twelve years refining his culinary and management skills at several different restaurants including Chesterfield’s Casual Fine Dining in Hattiesburg, Mississippi owned by Chris Happ.
In 2008, with a combined 40 years of knowledge and experience in the restaurant industry Chris Happ and Brent Belsom began a business partnership, and in December of 2010 they opened a second location named Chesterfield’s Bar & Grill at 1300 Gause Blvd, Slidell, Louisiana, while they eagerly awaited their opportunity to return to the Abita Springs Café which was currently under lease.
In September of 2012, more than fifty years after Walter J. Belsom planted his family’s roots in Abita…The Belsoms were thrilled with the opportunity to return to operating the Abita Springs Café and rebuild this historic landmark. Through Charlie and Donald’s vision and guidance, the Café has undergone some major renovations and improvements both inside and out, all the while preserving the integrity and the history of this 130 year old building for future generations to appreciate.
In April of 2013, The Abita Springs Café partnered with the Abita Roasting Company, owned by Kyle Ross and Ryan Richard to produce our very own Abita Springs Cafe Private Roast Coffee for use exclusively in the Café. Our coffee is locally roasted and ground in house to produce the freshest cup of coffee available. Under the guidance of Roastmaster Kyle, the Abita Roasting Company has developed a unique and passionate line of coffee blends from popular regions around the world. Here at the Café we offer many of those blends for in house consumption, as well as, packaged for take home. Please visit Abita Roasting Company’s Flagship Coffee House on Water Street in Madisonville, Louisiana, and our new location at 1011 Village Walk in Covington, Louisiana.
In August of 2015, after the country’s chicken population was decimated by the avian flu, the Abita Springs Café decided to be proactive and move away from national commercialized manufacturers, and start sourcing many of its products from local farms. Currently, we are using Harrison Creamery creamline milk, as well as, a variety of produce from several local farms. Many of their products can also be found on AbitaFresh.com. In addition, the Café has also invested in the purchase of its own 850 pasture raised chickens to produce the eggs consumed at the Café, the Abita Roasting Co., and on AbitaFresh.com. So not only can we tell you where your egg comes from, we can also show you the chicken that laid it. Now, that’s Fresh!!!
Abita Springs Café staff, management, and owners appreciate the opportunity to serve you. We are present daily in the Café preparing homemade favorites with fresh, quality ingredients. As we strive to carry on the rich tradition, we are pleased to present favorites from menus past and present. May these selections enhance your dining experience with us. Today, there are many choices for dining in our area and we are flattered that you selected us.
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