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Restaurant donates to Relay for Life
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

Interested in a ham and cheese omelet? French toast? Hash browns?

How about a tasty breakfast for only $5, all of which goes to a good cause?


Main Street Café is hosting its annual Relay for Life breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is always held the Sunday after the Street Faire of the Lakes on Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes.

It started about seven to nine years ago.

On the Sunday of the street faire – back when the event was held Saturday and Sunday – co-owner Steve Glander said that the café was “wiped out and we wanted to come up with something to bring people back in.”

They also wanted to have the event benefit something in town.

So they started offering breakfast specials. This year it’s French toast or ham and cheese omelet breakfasts for $5 each, with the entire $5 being donated to the Becker County Relay for Life, which is held July 12.

“We take care of the food costs,” said Glander, who owns the café with Shirley Wothe.

It’s not just a donation for the café owners though either. All tips the waitresses receive during that time period are donated as well.

In the past, Glander estimates that the café and tips has raised about $2,500 each year for the relay.

But once the street faire switched over to the Friday-Saturday format, the Main Street Café business grew.

Last year, their biggest year yet, they donated $3,200.

“There’s more access to get here,” he said of the increased customer traffic.

When people realize 100 percent of the day is going to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Glander said they tend to tip extra big as well.

Out-of-towners also like to be made aware of when the breakfast will be so they can come get a great breakfast and support the Relay for Life.

Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society, which uses the funds for research, advocacy, education and services.

This year marks the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society, so the goal for this year’s Relay for Life is 30 teams and 100 survivors.

For more information on the Relay for Life, or to sign up a team, visit

For more on that Main Street Café breakfast fundraiser, well, just show up this Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and enjoy.

“Be there,” Glander said.

Follow Pippi Mayfield on Twitter at @PippiMayfield.