There wasn’t a ribbon-cutting ceremony as Cindy’s Diner re-opened Saturday, but the delicious sizzle of bacon on a fresh griddle was ceremonious enough when you’re a regular.
The iconic downtown diner is now open for breakfast and lunch in its new location at the corner of Berry Street and Maiden Lane, a slightly calmer locale than its original location at Harrison and Wayne streets.
The diner, which sat at that busy corner for 23 years, closed at the end of May for a little more than a month as it moved down a couple blocks to make room for the construction of the Ash Brokerage headquarters.
However, once walking under the recognizable green awning and squeezing inside the door, the sight of co-owner John Scheele busy on the griddle and veteran waitress Angela Harter slathering a layer of thick butter on toast in between taking orders proved nothing much had changed at the 15-stool countertop.
And that’s just the way they like it.
“I insisted it stay the same,” Scheele said. “We’re the only diner in town. Put it inside a building, with a lot of booths and seats, you would have a lot of disappointed people.”
The staff took the time off to enhance the building with some cosmetic changes. Scheele said the diner has new floors, new lights and wallpaper, the grill has a new polish to it and the cherry-red cushioned stools also have been reupholstered.
“It’s just the upgrading we’ve done to the equipment. It gave a chance to shine it up a bit,” he says. “Six months from now, people won’t remember where we located before.”
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