More Mary's...and more milkshakes!

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Can't get enough of Mary's Place Cafe (2752 Robie)? That's perfectly understandable. Happily, it just got a whole lot easier to satisfy your Mary's passion—the restaurant has extended its hours and is now open from 7am to 7:30pm, every day except Sunday. (They used to close up shop at 6pm). Why the new hours? Customer demand, says owner and chef Roy Khoury. To go with its new supper hours, the cafe has also expanded its menu, adding more supper-appropriate options. Most significantly, the restaurant's added about 20 new items to its vegan menu and is now offering a Middle-Eastern vegan combo—thrifty vegans can get three items from the combo menu's extensive list, plus coffee and a small juice, for $7. The yummy-sounding options on the menu include manakeesh, garlic homefries, vegan chili, grape leaves and other belly pleasers; vegan milkshakes are also now available. And all the food at Mary's is homemade, with Khoury working his magic as head chef more than 12 hours per day. Khoury, originally from Syria, specializes in Syrian Middle-Eastern eats. But his chocolate-chip pancakes are pretty good, too—so it's handy the restaurant is still running its much-loved breakfast club program, which gives anyone who buys nine breakfasts at Mary's and gets their club card stamped a 10th breakfast free. (Huzzah!) Call Mary's at 454-2558.

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