f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

Sunny Hill Restaurant

Posted Friday, September 3, 2010, at 7:30 AM

It appears to be Sunday dinner at the Sunny Hill Restaurant in Cape Girardeau.

G.D. Fronabarger took the picture. The date is unknown.

More Sunny Hill blogs:

Sunny Hill Dairy 1941

Sunny Hill Dairy truck fleet

Sunny Hill milk party


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  • that was the place to eat after sunday church

    -- Posted by racer3694 on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 9:57 AM
  • Ate many dinners there, along with Sunday breakfasts after church in the 70's. I remember they had a lounge going to the right side of the entry way (The restaurant was to the left) Last time I remember being there was about 1984. Anyone remeber exactly when, or why they closed down?

    -- Posted by travellin man on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 10:37 AM
  • The place to be after a school performance of any kind. What I wouldn't give for an orange sherbert float.

    -- Posted by semowasp on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 1:19 PM
  • Sunny Hill was one of my mom's favorite places to eat. She loved their German potato salad...

    -- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 2:45 PM
  • And how bout the big barrel of Jolly Rancher, etc. candy at the check out counter. Miss that.

    -- Posted by Capedawg on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 4:04 PM
  • Chicken & Dumplings and Lime icecream.

    -- Posted by Yankee Station on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 4:50 PM
  • Before it was a restaurant and dairy, it was headquarters for the local unit of the Missouri National Guard.

    -- Posted by Yankee Station on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 4:51 PM
  • I remember in the late 1940's some Franklin School students would go down there or head over to Koch's grocery for a hot dog and soda pop for under 25 cents.

    That is if you were willing to face Nellie Kreuger's hard disapproving look. She used to sit at a sewing machine for a desk in the school cafeteria to collect the money and give out disapproving looks if we didn't choose properly. I think the cafeteria also doubled as a sewing room. We could take our trays back to our home room. Unsmiling Miss Stein's 3rd grade, last year of The War.

    -- Posted by voyager on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 6:32 PM
  • Orange sherbet at the counter, yum!

    -- Posted by doggone on Sat, Sep 4, 2010, at 7:15 AM
  • Don't forget Ms. Read, Ms. Pierce, Ms. Willer, Ms. Kelley, and Mr. Heischober, the shop teacher.

    -- Posted by Yankee Station on Sat, Sep 4, 2010, at 8:55 AM
  • When I was a student at Franklin school we would go there for lunch one day during the last week of school.

    -- Posted by mogearjammer on Sun, Sep 5, 2010, at 9:20 AM
  • S.H. was one of the first in Cape serving good chicken wings. The Top of the Hill New Year parties included food, drink, music and room for the night at a really good price.

    -- Posted by Old John on Sun, Sep 5, 2010, at 10:37 AM
  • tigerfan - it was at 45 S. West End Boulevard - about 200 yards south of the Independence / West End intersection.

    IIRC, in addition to the diner shown, it also had a more upscale restaurant / bar - The Golden Coin (?), as well as being a motor inn. The dairy distribution operations were also onsite, providing many residents with home delivery.

    Suggest the hotel expansion along the interstate contributed at least in part to its demise. The structure currently serves as an apartment complex.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Sep 8, 2010, at 5:53 PM
  • Please forgive the drools here, Sunny Hill was my fave when we came to Cape, shopping, Dr. Appts(Dr. Herbert), or other times just having to go to Buckner-Ragsdale for clothes!!! I had one request after Dr. Reynolds yanked the tonsils, and while I wasin St. Francis Hospital, I got a hand delivered chocolate malt from S.H.!!!!! I was able to get my wife-to-be to eat a medium rare steak at the Steak House, ca.1968-1969, because she couldn't see what med/rare looked like in the dim lighting...also, my Dairy Hus class with Dr. Meyer took a tour of the dairy operation in the back of the building, we had Sunny Hill delivered in Dexter fer cat's sake...milk from Cape and Perry and even Ste. Gen county was to die for...gimme some cookies!!!!! Miss it all, and thank you Ken for dragging one of Frony's shots out of the bin, it's just as I recall, had a lot of hot roast beef sandwiches and mashed "taters" in that dining room, regards, kkr

    -- Posted by kkcaver47 on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 12:29 AM
  • My uncle, Sam Johnson, worked for Sunny Hill at one time. I think he was a driver. I remember that the restaurant had the very best milk shakes ever. (and you are right,the building was and is ugly.)

    -- Posted by darlajune on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 6:17 AM
  • kkcaver47,

    Thanks for the compliment, but it's Fred who is the keeper of Frony's treasure.

    You must have followed the link I posted at

    http://www.capecentralhigh.com/cape-photos/sunny-hill-is-hard-to-shoot/ to get here.

    My photos show what Sunny Hill looks like today. Fred's Frony photos showed what it looked like in the good ole days.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 8:21 AM

    -- Posted by stlthoughts on Mon, Sep 19, 2011, at 7:27 AM
  • ...and the prized booth would be the one not pictured: it was in the lower corner to the left of the picture. You could seat at least 5 people in it!

    -- Posted by Hugh M Bean on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 11:28 AM