LIMA – At the Fat Cat Diner, owner and “chef extraordinaire” Alisa McPheron has her busiest time during the lunch hour, which starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.
But make no mistake, mornings are busy, too, prepping for the lunch hour, which is going strong at noon.
“We prep, we get everything set up. It’s hustle, hustle, hustle,” McPheron said.
Besides the rush of customers from downtown businesses, as well as others just coming in for a bite to eat, the staff at Fat Cat Diner is busy preparing meals to cater to local businesses, McPheron said.
“We see a lot of different people. We see people from the courthouse. We see a lot of attorneys,” McPheron said.
Fat Cat Diner also has a lot of regulars who come in daily for their lunch, she said.
By 2 p.m., lunch starts winding down, but that doesn’t mean the work goes away. Like any restaurant, cleaning pots and pans are always part of the behind the scenes work, especially after a busy lunch hour.