Road AwakeningIt takes a New Yorker to bring egg creams to Goochland, and Eddie Rohrbacher says there's no turning back now. He spent two months gutting the interior of Grandpa Eddie's former roadside barbecue joint (now flourishing in Henrico in much larger quarters) and installing a retro-style diner and soda bar.
He opened Fast Eddie's Jukebox Café late last month at 12859 Broad Street Road, and the place is already known among locals as a family hangout for root-beer floats, milk shakes and burgers (no alcohol is served). "There's a reason people move out here to Goochland -- it's so they don't have to be in Short Pump," Rohrbacher says. "This is filling a niche for families and neighbors. Customers can get hands-on service, and I'll even add customer requests to the menu." Meatloaf, pot pies, sandwiches and nightly specials hold the line at $10 or below; a kids' menu, popcorn machine, pies and sundaes carry the old-timey theme that much further.
With a lighting scheme that's visible across the highway, the café is a bright beacon of kitsch "Viva Las Vegas" might be playing on the big-screen television; the animated Rohrbach works the front of the house, "shaking hands, kissing babies, answering the telephone," and giving the café its '50s American spirit. Open daily for lunch and dinner; breakfast service begins by late December. Call 784-4466 or visit www.fasteddiesjukeboxcafe.com.