Olde Town Diner opens
Developer Fred Daitch believes in downtown Augusta. Thirty-year cook Liz Sanderson believes in her homemade recipes. Former owner Hanson Carter believed in the Whistle Stop Cafe before it burned down around Thanksgiving 2011.
Together, all three had a hand in resurrecting the landmark at 6th and Greene streets under a new name – the Olde Town Diner.
He and contractors did their best to restore as much about the iconic cafe as they could. He installed a new electrical system, kitchen equipment, furniture and so much more– including outlets in the 30 seat diner to allow for millennials and business folks to stay plugged in at all times.
At a recent brunch gathering for friends and family, Sanderson served up stuffed French toast with a fresh fruit cream cheese spread, hash with strands of corned beef and potato cubes, cheese grits and other special recipes.
“All of our food, dressings, and desserts are homemade from scratch,” she said. “None of the ingredients we used are from processed foods.”
Sanderson will have up to four staffers per eight hour shift and be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6 a.m to 10 pm Sunday to Thursday.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the Olde Town Diner will not close. Sanderson wants to provide an alternative to the chain breakfast spots open 24 hours a day–and keep food and beverage workers downtown.
She’ll serve unique taco recipes and duck egg rolls and traditional diner food.
“I love Liz’s cooking,” Carter said at the friends and family gathering. “She will do great and do what we tried to do — bring the community together.”
“I bought the building in 2014 and it’s been a labor of love ever since,” Daitch said.
Daitch invested the money and prepared the building for Sanderson, who will lease the space.