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Mike's Place goes back in time

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Mike's Place co-owner Mary-Elizabeth Rosenberg and staff member Kellie Robinson prepare espresso drinks at the creamery.
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Sometimes in the crazy world we live in today, people can't help but wish that things were still like they were 20 years ago.

If you are one of these people, you've lucked out, because for three days next week at Mike's Place in Langley, prices will be what they were in 1985.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 13 - 15, the restaurant will celebrate their double-decade anniversary -- and the good old days when you could get a big, tasty meal for under five bucks.

"It's a heck of a deal," said Mike Rosenberg, who owns the business with his wife Mary-Elizabeth.

There'll be $4.25 cheese blintzes, $4.25 egg omelets, and $5.95 fish and chips -- which usually sell for $9.95 -- included in the specially-priced entree items.

In addition to taking advantage of the lower-than-average prices, guests who haven't been to Mike's in some time will get to see the new addition that opened in July -- an espresso and ice creamery.

When Mary-Elizabeth Rosenberg and the couple's daughter, Geniel Ashcraft, first talked to Mike Rosenberg about opening a creamery, he thought it was a good idea.

But he had no idea how well it would turn out.

"They designed every inch of this place, and they did an incredible job," he said.

Entree items at Mike's Place will be what they were 20 years ago, but the building itself definitely won't be.

When Rosenberg first opened his restaurant in 1985 he moved into a building that was about 70 years old.

"That building was falling down around us," Rosenberg said. "The floors weren't even, and there was water running underneath."

When the landlord at that building was unable to make needed improvements, Rosenberg and his crew started looking for another location.

"People were all pulling for us to stay in Langley and find another place," Rosenberg said.

And they did. The current Mike's Place building was originally owned by Rich Clyde.

"When I came into town, everybody said watch out for Rich, he rants and raves," Rosenberg said. "But I found over the years that everything that Rich told me was the truth."

"He became just like family. And for us to buy this from him just became natural," he said.

The restaurant owner attributes a lot of the eatery's long-time success to the staff.

"We've been lucky to have some great employees," he said. "A lot of people have been here for quite a few years."

For many restaurants, employees come and go often, but it hasn't been like that for Mike's Place.

"It's like your home away from home," Rosenberg said. "And I think customers have picked up on that."

The family-owned restaurant is definitely one-of-a-kind.

"We've got regulars that call us when they don't come in so we don't worry about them," Rosenberg said. "I've never seen that before."

Even with its old-fashioned charm, the restaurant and creamery is also hip to the times. It's a Wi-Fi hotspot. And the creamery also has a couch and an Xbox console for video-gamers to use. Teenagers like to hang out after school and on weekends and play the games.

"And believe it or not, middle school type guys come in here and they behave themselves," Rosenberg said.

A fireplace, phone, chess table and board games are just a few of the features the family-owned business has to offer.

Many people come to Mike's Place to enjoy the food, ice cream and coffee, but they also just like to hang out. There is a couple that likes to sit and knit together, fathers and sons that come in to play chess, and mothers and daughters who come in to chat and sit by the fire.

"It's so cool," Rosenberg said. "It's a family-gathering type place."

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