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Never too early to toast with a mimosa at Early Toast in El Dorado Hills, Folsom and Roseville

By: Art Garcia, Telegraph Correspondent
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SHOP TALK

What: Early Toast Kitchen & Mimosa House

Where: 2101 Vine Street, El Dorado Hills; 25075 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom; 761 Pleasant Grove Road, Roseville

Who: Lou Dedier, Mario Astorga, co-owners

Hours: El Dorado Hills, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

Phone: (916) 934-0965

Online: www.earlytoastfolsom.com

How popular are the mimosa drinks at the Early Toast Kitchen and Mimosa House restaurant that recently opened in the lower theater food court in El Dorado Hills’ Town Square?

Five thousand oranges are hand squeezed weekly at each of the restaurant’s three locations to create the drink made with champagne and the juice, sometimes with other fruit juices. The price is $5.

“We also do a bloody Mary made with our own mix, using bacon as a base,” said Lou Dedier, co-owner of the restaurants. “People love them. Besides our mimosas, we’re known for our bloody Marys.”

The El Dorado Hills Early Toast, located in the former site of Fireside Burgers, had a “soft” opening June 15 and will celebrate its grand opening Aug. 1.

The first Early Toast opened four years ago in Folsom, at the Raley’s center at Blue Ravine and East Bidwell. The third location is in the Nugget center in Roseville.

“We like to be close to supermarkets,” said Dedier, 50, who lives in Rancho Cordova with his wife Stephanie.

He’s a partner in the restaurants with Mario Astorga, 42, who launched the first Early Toast in Folsom in 2007. He’s known Dedier for seven years, brought him into the business last November.

Offering mimosas has “helped our business immensely as a variation on the breakfast menu. We go through more than 60 cases of (sparkling wine) monthly for all three restaurants,” said Astorga, who makes his home in Folsom with wife Valerie and four children.

Early Toast serves breakfast, it’s most popular dining selection, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, when it remains open until 9 p.m. Sunday hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lunch and dinner also are served. Happy hour for wine and beer starts at 1 p.m. and lasts till the 9 p.m. closing, every day except Sunday. There’s no Sunday brunch.

A new menu lineup of 15 hamburgers has been introduced in the El Dorado Hills outlet and has “taken off,” Dedier said. It includes an eight-inch “double everything” burger priced between $8 and $11, which he suggests customers order to share.

Also “going over really well” is a coffee bean developed with El Dorado Roasting for early morning imbibers at the El Dorado Hills store. “We’ve had so many good comments we’ve introduced it at our other restaurants,” he said.

Dedier said Early Toast has taken mimosas “to a greater level.” It offers 12 varieties and introduces a new one every month. A red, white and blue mimosa was provided for the Fourth of July and a hibiscus version for Mother’s Day.

Dedier and Astorga are looking at opening another Early Toast in either Rancho Cordova or Elk Grove and a fifth store next year.

Their eyes also are on possibly expanding to Palo Alto, Bakersfield, Newport Beach and Anaheim. “We’re looking at different areas,” said Dedier. “We’ve been presented a lot of opportunities.”