Sri Lankan broadcaster Vernon Corea who worked at Radio Ceylon/SLBC and his brother Ernest Corea who was the Ceylon Daily News Editor used to pack the Corea children into Ernest’s Triumph Herald and take the short drive from Maha Nuge Gardenbs to Union Place and drive through the back of the building to the Fountain Cafe. It was a very simple building – an old fashioned drive thru cafe in the heart of Colombo. Even now the very name of the legendary Fountain Cafe Hotdogs evokes nostalgia, harking back to the early 1960s and 1970s, when Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon. Families travelled from miles away to Fountain Cafe to have the legendary hot dogs, with Elephant House ice cream, drinks and iced coffee. The very name of the Fountain Cafe evokes memories of childhood in Sri Lanka and the simple things in life – family happiness and enjoyment of just going to Fountain Cafe one evening to have the legendary hot dogs and Elephant House iced coffee.
The Fountain Cafe was run by Ceylon Cold Stores/Elephant House. Sadly JKH decided to end tradition and get rid of the iconic cafe. They say those who worked there came up with the secret recipe of the Fountain House hotdog sauce. They have tried to resurrect it however it is lost and gone forever with the workers who were sent home.
There is now a new Fountain Cafe in Colombo at Keells Supermarket in Union Place Colombo: