CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For Anna Pollitt, the Quarrier Diner is back to living up to the name emblazoned on the building.
"We're a diner. We are now a diner," Pollitt said.
She was referring to the new and simplified diner-esque menu visitors will now find when they visit the establishment at 1022 Quarrier St., heavy on such basics as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs, BLT and a hot bologna sandwich.
Pollitt ticked off new menu items she had a hand in making.
"I made the pinto beans, I made the chili, I made the chili for the hot dogs. I made the peanut butter cake. It's my recipe for the potato salad, the chicken salad, the tuna salad, the egg salad. I mean, all these things are the way I want it done, not the way some chef wanted it done with a lot of extra frills."
The historic diner has had its ups and down since Pollitt and her husband, David, reopened the landmark in 2011. The Pollitts bought the dilapidated restaurant in September 2010 at the urging of their son, Tim, after it was named to the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia's Most Endangered Properties.
"He told us that if we would purchase a restaurant, he would make it work," Pollitt previously told the Gazette.
They began renovations in January 2011 to restore the art nouveau building, which was built in 1946. The family earned the "Most Significant Save of an Endangered Site" from the Preservation Alliance for their work in restoring the diner.
But in the midst of construction, Tim Pollitt died from a head injury sustained after falling down the stairs at home on Easter Sunday.
The family proceeded with plans to reopen with an ambitious bistro menu, which never really took hold, Pollitt said.