The original Hashbrowns Café opened in November of 2005 after years of planning.  Our goal was to create a high quality but quick-casual dining experience.  We set out to serve homemade comfort food in a relaxed and trendy social setting.  We wanted a place where families and friends could gather, where business meetings could take place, where local workers and students could get a great meal that did not “break the bank”. Judging by the feedback from our loyal customers, we are extremely successful in these goals.


Why the name “Hashbrowns Café”? Because we “pioneered” sweet potato hashbrowns in the Chicago area. Our selection of hashbrown dishes is world famous and second to none.

The name was obviously breakfast inspired.  It came about at a family gathering.  But Hashbrowns Café is much more then breakfast. Our menu is completely original, meaning that dishes are recipes are unique to Hashbrowns Café and exclusively created by Ronnie Ruffolo, proprietor.  We offer some of the best Chicago-inspired omelettes, burgers, salads, breakfast burritos and hashbrowns you will ever eat.


Ronnie was born and raised in Chicago.  Having worked everywhere from Italian beef and hot dog stands to fine dining restaurants, Ronnie started to plan his own concept: Hashbrowns Café.

These days, in addition to his growing family, Hashbrowns Café is Ronnie’s full-time passion.  There are very few days in the year when he is not found interacting with the customers and tending to the business.   Ronnie enjoys meeting people and looking for ways to constantly improve Hashbrowns Café.


“Serving customers with a great dining experience is the best part of owning Hashbrowns Café”
– Ronnie Ruffolo, Founder