"They might have known how to do it in a hotel or big restaurant. But that's not this. We're a diner. That's what everyone was expecting -- diner food. We had, you know, bistro food. So it was not accepted. It was too pricy."
The family closed the diner at the end of March, while Timothy's remained open. Now, the diner is back with its seriously diner focus and only-open-for-lunch schedule.
Prices now hover at $5 and $6 for most sandwiches with the most expensive item being a $6.55 Chef's Salad and $6.96 Three Salad Plate with a scoop of chicken, tuna and egg salad on lettuce. A school lunch "Grab and Go" offers a $5 hot dog, chips and bottle drink lunch for area schoolchildren with various side options.
She is also working on a revised menu for Timothy's, the bar in the basement of the building. The Quarrier Diner also now features a new large deck alongside the building (on the big parking lot side) and a fenced-in outdoor dining space out front on city property,
"So, now everything comes together at one time. The biggest deck in town -- we can have 80 people on it at a time."
People also may not realize the third-floor of the diner has a fully equipped banquet room. "This is another thing people don't realize -- we seat up to 60 people up here in this banquet room -- class reunions, birthday parties, bus tours.
"That's part of the problem: the upper level and lower level are so invisible from the public that they don't realize they're here."
Quarrier Diner is open for lunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 304-343-5686 or visit quarrierdiner.com. Timothy's is open 4:30 until midnight Monday through Friday and noon until midnight Saturday. Visit timothysbarwv.com. The diner is also now taking reservations for holiday parties in its banquet room.
Reach Douglas Imbrogno at doug...@cnpapers.com or 304-348-3017.