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Ginkgo Tree Cafe under new management

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Coty McGinn prepares a salad in the Ginko Tree Cafe kitchen in Dixon. She and Laura Santos are the restaurant’s new managers.

DIXON – Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring.

That’s what Coty McGinn and Laura Santos want prospective customers to know.

The pair will be running the Ginkgo Tree Cafe within the Traditional Wellness Center, 216 W. First St.

Trirong Khuntangta still owns the business and the building, but McGinn, 34, and Santos, 48, will be calling the shots in regard to the cafe. (Traditional Wellness Center serves tea in the front of the building; the cafe is not a part of that.)

Santos has worked in the Ginkgo Tree kitchen since September. She is bringing in her friend McGinn, who was manager of the Railside in Nelson for 11 years, to help her in the kitchen and to run the business end.

They want to add a special dinner every third Friday and hold monthly cooking classes.

Other than that, not too much will change.

Ginkgo Tree serves breakfast and lunch, with an emphasis on using fresh or locally grown foods, and organic foods when available.

“There’s a misinterpretation that we serve healthy food, so it’s plain,” McGinn said. “That couldn’t be farther from the truth. For example, [Wednesday] I served holiday-stuffed peppers with turkey.”

They try to find herbs and spices to replace sugars and fats, and bake foods rather than frying them. They also will adapt their cooking to people with allergies or diets, Santos said.

About Ginko Tree

Breakfast is served from 7 to 10 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday at Ginko Tree Cafe, 216 W. First St.

The daily menu is posted on Facebook each morning. The cafe also has a license, so customers can bring their own beer and wine.

For more information, search “Ginkgo Tree Cafe/Traditional Wellness Center” on Facebook or call 815-677-9144.


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