Art’s Diner has foot planted firmly in McLouth
Unlike their predecessors the operators of Art’s Diner in McLouth are planting their roots deep.Proprietor Artie Owen and her significant other, Phil Cline, have purchased the building.
Three different operators have leased the restaurant the last couple of years but all closed the doors within a few months of opening.
Owen believes that knowing she isn’t going anywhere will make locals and customers confident in her business.
“They know that we have something invested in it and we’re not a fly-by-night operation,” Owen said.
In her opinion the restaurants before hers didn’t have a problem with their food. She says it was more of an issue with service and the erratic open times they would keep.
Art’s Diner is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m on Sundays.
Owen is hoping to not only capture the local business but travelers from Leavenworth, Tonganoxie and Topeka. While this reporter was in the restaurant a man came in to establish a stop on his motorcycle club’s next ride.
Breakfast is served all day at Art’s Diner. Owen said there are a lot of shift workers in the area that want breakfast at all times of the day and she doesn’t want to disappoint.
One of the restaurant’s specialties is the tenderloin. The product is purchased locally at the County Harvest Apple Market in McLouth and hand breaded at the store.
Any potatoes ordered including the fries are hand cut right in the kitchen and the theme is fresh, fresh, fresh. Owen said she learned to cook from her father while growing up in Arkansas and named the diner after him.
“I don’t want anything going out of here that wasn’t made the way I was raised,” Owen said.
The diner has a solution for the latest heat wave. A buffet table features more than two dozen flavors for ice slushies including chocolate and Tiger’s Blood.
Owen’s sweetest creations are something no northeast Kansan can resist. Homemade pies.
Owens bakes pies daily and will take orders anytime. She can even bake a diabetic-friendly pie.
“My name is on that,” she said. “You want to make it perfect.”
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