CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The restaurant at the iconic Quarrier Diner will reopen next month, owner Anna Pollitt said Tuesday, but for weekday lunches only and with a trimmed-down diner-style menu.
Pollitt closed the restaurant suddenly in late March, saying they couldn't afford to keep it open because of the lack of dinner customers. She and her husband, David, bought the historic Art Moderne building, which had been closed for years, in 2010 and invested heavily to restore it to its 1940s glory.
Although they kept the downstairs bar, Timothy's, open, they had no plans at the time to reopen the main-floor restaurant, Anna Pollitt said. She named the bar after her son, who was supposed to run it but died in an accident at home before it opened.
"We thought no chance," she said. "The picture was so bad at that time."
But as months passed, they reconsidered.
"Basically, I feel it's a waste being here empty," she said.
"The first go-round really wasn't how I intended. When you get other people involved, you end up getting other people's ideas. After my son's accident I was not a strong person. They kind of took the weight off of me. But even then they took things in directions that really weren't me. We ended up going bistro.
"If I'm going to fail, I want to do it on my own terms.