By Libby Rosequist
Local business owners Tim and Melissa Penfield have teamed up with family friends, Don and Diane Wolf, to open Butch’s Diner on Saturday, May 1, at 10651 West Main Road.
The Wolfs have been thinking about opening a diner for some time and knew the Penfields would be the perfect partner.
“We have been toying with this idea for a while and finally, we all sat down and asked ourselves, ‘why not give it a shot,’” Don said. “We consider ourselves family and trust one another and are excited to start this journey together.”
Butch’s Diner will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. The menu will be budget friendly with breakfast available all day and a light lunch menu beginning at 11 a.m.
Tim will be featuring his Greek sauce for the specials that include Greek fries, hot dogs, omelettes and garbage fries.
“This is a whole new adventure for all of us, and we expect some trial and error since we have never run a restaurant before, but we want our customers to know we are open to helpful suggestions and their input,” Melissa said. “We want to bring something different to the town and have it be a fun place to go. We are hoping anyone that walks in can see the effort we have put into the diner.”
Butch’s Diner was previously the Rusty Wheel and the entire space was renovated with new floors, kitchen and bathrooms.
The diner has a 50s atmosphere with a record player playing music, classic checkered floors with red and white booths and retro decorations.
“We want the diner to be a fun place for everyone to go and enjoy,” Don said. “We completely overhauled the space and made sure to brighten it up. I can’t wait to see people’s reactions to the changes we’ve made.”
As of now, the diner will be staffed by the owners and will eventually hire a cook and servers.
“We ask that everyone be patient with us as we learn how to cook in large quantities,” Melissa said. “We are learning as we go, and once we see how business picks up, we plan to add staff and possibly update the menu.”
Melissa owns and operates All in Your Home, Home Care along with the candy shop Penny’s Candy she opened with her husband Tim in 2020.
“We believe in giving anything a shot,” Melissa said. “My passion is home care especially for the elderly, but as we have expanded to new ventures, it has been amazing to see how we can be there for the community in so many different ways.
“Penny’s Candy has been so much fun and has become a place for kids to stop after school or for someone looking for that nostalgic piece of candy. Now we are so excited to see what the diner will bring.”
Butch’s Diner plans to have space available after hours for small parties or gatherings with food options available from the menu. The diner also has outdoor seating available, depending on the weather.
“After 22 years of friendship and many different life changes, we have always been there for each other. This is a new and exciting journey for all of us,” Don said. “We hope to see a hungry crowd this Saturday to join us on this adventure.”
For more information, the diner can be contacted at 814-347-5197.