By: MADISON BENNETT
From 4-star French cuisine to chain restaurants like T.G.I.Friday’s, Keith Langdon has done it all in the past 40 years he’s been cooking.
Langdon, 55 years old, never attended culinary school. He got his start at 15 years old washing dishes in a restaurant in his hometown of Detroit. By the time he was 16 years old, he was promoted to cook and has been doing just that ever since.
Langdon met his wife, Lisa in 1991 while working at Gull Lake Country Club and only two years later, they opened Full City Cafe, which started out as a small coffee shop with an even smaller menu of food items. Ten years after opening Full City Cafe, they found themselves expanding from 10 tables to a full scale restaurant with menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, now located at 7878 Oakland Drive in Portage .
After working alongside his wife for 25 years, Langdon says he couldn’t have done any of this without her. “I see a lot of people get divorced in this business because we work endless hours, we work weekends, we work all the holidays. It’s a tough business,” says Langdon.
Part of Full City’s appeal is that everything is made from scratch and it’s never frozen. The menu changes with each season in order to utilize the freshest ingredients from local farms. The restaurant also features monthly specials ranging from authentic German dishes to Mexican cuisine.
“I wanted to do more than make turkey sandwiches,” says Langdon.