Humm Dingers opens on K-4 highway in Valley Falls
Story and photo by Clarke Davis
Andy Dinger and his father, Ed, have formed a partnership to launch a new restaurant and bar in Valley Falls.
Humm Dingers opened Memorial Day weekend behind the liquor store on K-4 highway, the same location as former Weekenders.
Starting off, hours will be 6 a.m. to midnight with shorter hours on Sunday and Monday.
Andy said the restaurant will have a full breakfast menu, family style dinners and steaks, along with short orders. The bar will serve cereal malt beverages.
The Dingers have remodeled the interior, installed a complete kitchen with coolers, and built a bar. Booths and tables will be available along with two pool tables.
Andy Dinger, 29, said he got his start in the restaurant business at the age of 13 washing dishes for the late Bill Roach at the Family Room in Meriden.
Roach began teaching Andy about cooking, which became his career. He was the cook for the VFW in Meriden for three years and managed it for two along with other cooking jobs he has held.
“I have Bill’s recipe book,” he said.
Ed Dinger will run the bar. He’s a retired woodworker and built the new bar.
“I call him Mr. 51 Percent when the bills come due,” Andy said.
Andy also has a sense of humor about his size, which is rotund. “Never trust a skinny cook,” he said.
A sister and cousin, Casandra Branstetter and Miki Tyler, are employed as waitresses. Andy said more help, including another cook, will be needed in time.
Andy has a son, Eddie, 9. His mother, Tamera, is a Del Monte employee.
“It’s her job to be the referee when it comes to Dad and me,” Andy said.
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