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So, When Will the Diner Open? Soon.

There have been Facebook posts, emails, phone calls and even drive by's from people clamoring to know when Monroe Diner will serve its first meal.

A visitor on Monroe Patch's Facebook page Wednesday announced that the Monroe Diner's parking lot was packed, immediately attracting "likes" for her post. But, alas, it was only the first day of training for newly hired staff.

Plans for the diner at 568 Main Street has generated excitement among residents who have fond memories of the New Colony Diner which closed in the same building years ago. A full renovation of the brick building, outdoor signs and interior are complete and the parking lot is freshly paved. Part owner, Donna Alatakis believes it will open its doors to patrons within two weeks, but doesn't want to risk giving out a date and disappointing people should it take a little longer.

Wednesday was the first training day and Alatakis said some of those who showed up wanted to order dinner.

"We had to turn them away and asked them to visit us again," Alatakis said Thursday.

The diner's general manager, Eleni Alatsas, said, "People have been calling constantly asking if we're open."

On Thursday afternoon, a woman filled out a job application at the front counter and a man walked in to apply for a position. Looking out the front window, an elderly couple could be seen slowly driving through the parking lot, scanning the building for signs of its being open.

"We're in the process of training our staff," Alatakis said. "We have an abundance of qualified applicants and we look forward to opening in the next couple of weeks."

Alatsas added, "Some local high school students who are eager to work as hostesses have applied. We embrace that. We love young people who are eager to learn."

QWERTY November 29, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Is this 24 hours?
jim laguardia November 29, 2012 at 06:56 PM
at this point one hour seems to be a good goal.... but 24 would be nice
Stephanie G November 29, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I'm looking forward to having another diner option in town again. Of course, there also appears to be a Chips opening right over the Trumbull line (what else is new?) across from the Home Depot...
Steve Kirsch November 29, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Is there a web site? An Online menu? What will be their operating days and hours?
Bill Bittar (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Haven't seen a website for it. I should have asked the operating hours, I could have sworn it was in one of my past stories, but I can't see it.
Todd Keeping November 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Hopefully the diner will crush the Rustic Grill!!! That place can't close soon enough.
New Kid in Town November 30, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Crush the Rustic Grill? are you serious??? The new diner will not be closing the Rustic Grill...Knowing the owners of the new diner...they will not be looking to put anyone out of business and will still encourage people to visit both..They are a class act just like John and Sandy of the Rustic Grill are....Mr James there is absolutely nothing wrong with variety! I look forward to going to the new Diner...but also will still support the Rustic Grill..besides if we can have pizza places in almost every 1/4 mile in this town....I really don't think a New Diner will put a place like Rustic Grille out of business anytime soon!!
Robynne Wildman November 30, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Looking forward to visiting it when I am back in town. Should bring back a lot of memories.
pacfan November 30, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Since the day they opened, the Rustic Grill has been a "stand up" member of our community. Besides working long and hard to provide us a quality product at a fair price, they have been extremely generous in supporting numerous Monroe charities and youth groups. Yes now there's a new guy on the block and we wish them well, but there is many of us who are loyal to these good people and will not be abandoning them because there is something new.
JoAnn Toth November 30, 2012 at 05:50 PM
This diner can't open soon enough!! Many blessings to the new owners and much success.
Forma Bosse November 30, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Awww, I think the Rustic Grille is awesome myself!
Nancy Zorena November 30, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Very kind message! We need more new kids in town like you! I like your attitude! Thank you!
John R. December 01, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Wishing the new diner good luck in town - welcome to Monroe. But there's no need to bash the Rustic Grille. You probably have never even been there. I agree with pacfan in saying that the Rustic Grille offers great food at a reasonable price and that they've been a solid member of the Monroe community since they opened. The diner will hopefully as well.
Rapture December 02, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Any update I heard it opens tomorrow...
Jennifer Ryan Baranello December 04, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Is it open? Today is my sons 13th birthday and this is where he wanted to go for dinner. Is there a phone number I can call?
jim laguardia December 04, 2012 at 08:36 PM
268-8800
Jennifer Ryan Baranello December 04, 2012 at 09:06 PM
They said they are aiming for Monday the 10th!
jim laguardia December 04, 2012 at 09:17 PM
they were also aiming for November 1st :-)
jim laguardia December 04, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Still time to become a charter member of C.U.A.R.M.B.O.
Bill Bittar (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I asked to be notified, but they're so busy with getting ready to open that I'm not banking on it.
Christine E. December 04, 2012 at 10:30 PM
weren't they aiming for October at one point? Who knows anymore :)
Alex December 05, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Absolutely agree!
Brian Quinn December 06, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I work late so I welcome any place where I can get a full meal between 10pm and 1am near my home off 25. I wish them well.

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