By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2008

One thing peculiar about T's — in a good way — is that while there are only two locations, the decor and accompanying atmospherics shout longstanding chain. There are family-friendly slogans everywhere you look: "Thanksgiving" at the entrance, "Until Next Time" at the exit. The dishes are colorful Fiestaware. Even the to-go menu is a slick, full-color job, with sophisticated graphics. Plus, our waiter really seemed to like his job.

If you're curious about how the restaurant got to be this way, while you're waiting for a seat you can peruse the thick ring binder in the entry room. It explains the quarter-century history in all-but day-to-day detail.

We learned how Anthony Tomaselli and wife Tina took the plunge in 1982, he having worked in restaurants but having no business experience, and she being an orthopedic nurse. They wanted to be their own bosses, have an adventure. (He was and is still a successful artist, and numerous paintings of his are on display.) With an attitude of "If we make it, they will eat," they started out with six spinach pies and eight pizza strips baked daily in his parents' kitchen.

Nice story, nice place. The service is friendly, the kitchen well-staffed enough to get your order out promptly. When we arrived, on one side of us was a father with his son, and on the other a grandmother with her granddaughter. That was sweet. T's is the definitive family breakfast restaurant.

Bill Rodriguez can be reached at bill@billrod.com.

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