Freedom Cafe

Co-cowner Tonja Bozzetti of the Freedom Cafe proudly displays breakfast plates.

MELBOURNE – If you’re looking for some all-American food in the Melbourne area, Freedom Café has got you covered.

The Freedom Café at 1270 N. Wickham Road, No. 25, in Melbourne has long been serving vets as a breakfast-and-lunch diner.

New owners Tonja and George Bozzetti have decided to keep the same veteran-friendly atmosphere of the café while expanding their hours as well. The café has also secured a beer and wine license.

The café is now open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Both Tonja and George Bozzetti had been involved in the restaurant business before their April takeover of the café.

“We had decided that if we were ever to go into the restaurant business again, it would be on our own [terms],” Mrs. Bozzetti said.

Since the Bozzetti’s takeover, the Freedom Café has become a true mom-and-pop restaurant, including their daughter and her husband. The staff was taken on from the previous owner’s team.

The menu of the café is a diverse range of all-American food, and when I came in with a guest to have a taste, we were surprised at just how many options there were.

My guest and I began our meal with an appetizer of hot and fresh fried mozzarella sticks, complete with cheese shavings and herbs on top.

When we ordered our main meal, we were informed that breakfast is served all day, and so I opted for an odd choice that is unique to the café: Scrapple. Scrapple is a Pennsylvanian dish that is a cornmeal-and pork-scrap mush, that is served hot and panned like mashed potatoes. It was surprisingly delicious. The Scrapple also came with plenty of toast with eggs-to-order, and a choice of potatoes.

My guest had a breakfast burrito with her own eggs made-to-order, and by the time that we were finishing up, we were absolutely stuffed.

There is, however, always room for dessert.

Most of the desserts at the Freedom Café are made right in the café’s bakery, and my moose-tracks cheesecake was no exception. It was dense but fluffy cheesecake, and even though I was filled to the top already, I finished all of it.

My guest’s slice of lemon meringue pie was topped with fresh whipped cream, and was delectably sweet.

I highly recommend stopping by to the Freedom Café for any meal of the day, or even to just enjoy a glass of wine and a slice of pie.

For more information, visit, or call (321) 259-0222.

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