"It really got blown out of proportions. We had a total of 85 employees last year. I filled out 85 W-2 forms. The problem was servers. You get employees who don't stick around, so you spend all your time training or trying to train new employees.
"So basically we had to get rid of a lot of weight.
"We have a new strategy and consensus that we have to have diner food -- hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue -- and a less pricey menu. And I'm thinking of taking it a little farther and having some self-service -- salads and wraps and items that are pre-made that can be picked up and taken with them if they're in a rush.
"I see places like Panera Bread and Tudor's and Gino's that have menus that are fast but you don't have to have servers that are waiting and pouring drinks. That will streamline the service a whole lot."
The target reopening date is Sept. 16, Pollitt said.
"I have a few things to pull together before then." In particular, she's trying to get a private outdoor seating area licensed by the state liquor board.
"For the time being we'll be open from 11 [a.m.] to 2 [p.m.], Monday to Friday.
"I don't plan to have dinner hours, at least for now. Charleston pulls up its sidewalks after dark. I don't see that as a draw for dinner anyway, with hot dogs and hamburgers."
Reach Jim Balow at ba...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.