New diner set to open in former Park Diner
By Jamison Cocklin
The former Park Classic Diner at U.S. Route 224 and South Avenue, which closed about four years ago, has been sold to a new owner from New Jersey who plans to open a diner with an oldies theme at the end of this month.
The tin-can design that glows with blue and red lights at night is hard to miss. Located next to Long John Silver’s restaurant and just across the street from the Boardman Holiday Inn, the new owner and his general manager were impressed with the pristine condition of the building and the prime location where thousands of cars pass each day.
“This is an excellent spot with the entrances and exits. If you want to eat, this is where to come. I’ve never seen so many chain restaurants in one area before,” said general manager Lucianne Ford. “The economy, the growth and the population here is unbelievable right now; we’re excited.”
Ford has been commuting regularly from New Jersey for about two months with Thomas Giannisis, who purchased the building from the Eat’n Park chain, which owned the property. Giannisis, also from New Jersey, has owned three restaurants before, Ford said.
The latest venture will be called Oldies and Goodies Diner. Ford said the restaurant will hire a staff of 30, and she added that a number of those positions are available.
She encouraged those interested in working there to come to the diner from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and make an inquiry.
A tentative opening date has been set for Sept. 23 as the duo works to get the diner operational. Preparations mainly have included cleaning and small changes in the kitchen.
The menu has been finalized, and breakfast will range from $4.99 to $7.99; lunch will range from $7.99 to $9.99, and an early- dinner special from 2 to 6 p.m. daily will start at $9.95. A four-course menu, which includes soup to dessert, will be available at dinner for $12.99 each day, Ford said.
Both Ford and Giannisis said they plan to move to the Mahoning Valley after Christmas.