LIMA — Fat Cat Diner will reopen this summer as Teasers Diner, a 24-hour American-style restaurant that its new owners hope will compete with Waffle House.
The menu will feature classics with a Southern twist, like chicken and waffles, and maybe even some beer, wine and mimosas if the liquor license owners have applied for is approved.
Todd Sterling and Matthew Treadway took over the diner in May and hope to have the place open to the public sometime in mid-June.
But a lot of work remains as the two transform the restaurant, which was most recently Fat Cat Catering & Kitchen, into their own vision. Plans call for outdoor seating and a redesigned patio area, which can seat up to 60 patrons. The interior will maintain a similar aesthetic, with new paint and neon signs.
Sterling and Treadway hope to preserve the restaurant’s historic character too, with plans to preserve the building and incorporate nostalgic foods on the menu.
“It’s got a lot of history to it,” Sterling said. “That’s one of the reasons why (we) wanted it.”
The diner will focus on breakfast and dinner, targeting late-night customers and second-shift workers. But it will also serve lunch, complete with a take-out counter and grab ‘n’ go section tailored for customers in a hurry.
And in a play to the diner’s roots, Teasers will sell hand-cut French fries.
“They were known for their fries,” Treadway explained.
Treadway and Sterling plan to keep the menu competitive and affordable.
“It’s important to us and to our clientele that not everybody has $20/hour jobs and some people aren’t even working fulltime,” Sterling said. “They still want the opportunity to go out and have a bit to eat. We made sure that our prices reflect that.”
A grand opening date has not been set.
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