The neon is back on at Ideal Diner, and the counter bustles once more.
Kim Robinson, the new owner and a former server at Ideal, reopened the diner on July 19 after it was closed this past spring by former owner, Kevin Kelzenberg.
“It’s been going really good,” Robinson said of her first two weeks back in business. “I’ve got nothing to complain about.”
The diner is now open seven days a week and offers breakfast service, along with an expanded menu, from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Robinson touted some additions to the menu, including corn beef hash, biscuits and gravy, as well as Rachel and Rueben sandwiches. She said everything is made in-house, from scratch
Robinson purchased the diner, which is at 1314 Central Ave. NE, May 1 of this year and set out to renovate and update the restaurant.
Much of the work went on behind the scenes; Robinson said the kitchen is “brand new,” while the front of the diner retains much of its original charm, with updates like a new floor and tile work. Overall, she said, the place received a deep cleaning.
For the future, Robinson said she was entertaining the idea of supper hours, including special operations on Friday nights that could include ribs.
“I’ve got a ton of ideas,” she said.
Robinson said her mother, who is 84-years-old and worked at Ideal Diner for 42 years, wished to fill out an application to work there a week prior to open, though Robinson denied her mother’s request.
Robinson told her: “You’ve done your time here.”