One of the owners of the Blossom restaurant, which changed hands in 2010, was a high school friend of Grover's and asked him to be chef.
"I was scared to death ... these plates had my name on them, and I was used to being an assistant," he said.
He worked as chef at the art deco diner for about eight months and then left in June 2011 on his own terms, for reasons he doesn't wish to talk publicly about.
The restaurant suddenly closed for good after lunch service on July 27. Grover said after he left, another chef was never hired.
A main difference between Delmar's and the Blossom is that business isn't packed into a two-hour rush, Grover said.
"There isn't an overwhelming lunchtime rush where everything is compacted into two hours. Here, lunch is served from 11 to 4, and business stays steady the whole time," he said.
The more relaxed atmosphere of Delmar's makes his family-style, country cuisine even more of a perfect fit.
"I sell more meatloaf than anything else," he said.
The restaurant still sells pastries from the same chef that created them for PJ's, the restaurant that handed over the keys to Grover.
During dinner service, Grover gets help from his wife and kids.
"It's our restaurant," he said. "It can be tough, but it's very rewarding."
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