- By Glenn and Kim Creyts Contributing Writer
Restaurant: Cecil & Lime
Location: 227 E. Cecil St., Springfield
Telephone: (937) 322-7950
Decades ago, a combination butcher shop and grocery store was open for business in a residential area in the heart of Springfield, near the corner of Cecil and North Limestone streets. Years later, then owners created a vegan coffee shop that held the space until it closed.
Michael and Brenda Berner bought the lot, with their early concept of recreating the butcher shop to include a new lunch café that would produce and serve locally raised, all-natural meat. Ultimately, after being approved for a full-service bar license in June 2004, their conception developed to compliment a fine dining menu in the neighborhood restaurant they titled Cecil & Lime. Their son Micah Berner was named its general manager, and eventually co-owner.
Micah was granted the independence and freedom by his parents to choose bold, solid colors for the interior walls of the new restaurant to form a contemporary design, meant to enhance the outside of the New England-blue-painted building. White-clothed tables with black-cloth napkins and a bottle of wine from a full list embellish each table setting. A white acoustic grand piano is positioned in one of three dining areas for Micah (an accomplished musician) to play soothing classical and jazz themes to add to his guest’s relaxation.
He humbly toasts Cecil & Lime as, “Another good reason to stay in town!”
Beverages: Coffee, or Pepsi products-$2; Craft, Domestic, and Imported Beers-
up to $6; Red and White Wines-$6 and up.
Appetizers: Bruschetta-$8; Candied Jalapenos-$8; Chevre Bon Bons-$9; Mediterranean
Plate-$9; Chicken Salad-$10; Longdale Nachos-$12; Shrimp Cocktail-$12; Crab Cecil-$18.
“Summer Soup”: Shrimp Gazpacho-$6.
Salads: “House” Salad, Caesar Salad, or Wedge Salad-$5.
Sides: Boiled Red Potatoes-$3; Cecil Signature Vegetable Blend-$4; Spaghetti Squash
Slaw-$4; Baked Mac & Cheese-$6; Gruyere Gratin Potatoes-$6.
“Wednesday Entree Special” (w/proof of E-mail coupon): NY Strip Steak Entree-$15.
“Friday & Saturday Entree Special”: Prime Rib Entree-$28.
Entrees (menu subject to change): Bone-In Pork Ribeye-$14; Taco Grande-$14; Crab
Tilapia-$14; Lasagna-$15; Chicken Vegetable Pasticcio-
$18; Mahi Mahi-$18; Steelhead Trout-$18; Rack of
Lamb-$22; Sea Scallops over Risotto-$28; Filet Mignon-
Desserts: Crème Brule-$6; Carrot Cake-$7; Flourless (gluten-free) Chocolate Torte,
is made with Ghirardelli Chocolate-$8; Triple Berry Trifle, is a lemon cake
with white chocolate and whipped cream-$8.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5-9 p.m.;
Friday and Saturday, 5-9:30 p.m.
The large parking lot is directly adjacent to the restaurant, and limited street parking faces the entrance on Cecil Street. A sturdy railed entrance ramp is suited for handiness.
An attached covered outdoor patio seats 60 guests. Banquet and Catering services can be scheduled at Cecil & Lime.