Mel’s Diner and C-store opened its doors on Monday, May 4. Located at 45 Main Street in Manor (in the same building as the Village office), the diner is operated by Mel and Lorna Hill of Carlyle and will have their sons, Brayden and Jamie working along side them in the family venture.
The Diner has been in the planning stages since November 2019 and was initially scheduled to open on April 6 of this year, but had to move opening day to May 4, due to COVID-19.
With customers unable to eat in because of the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s restrictions, the Hills made the decision to open for take-out food orders and convenience items.
The diner has a warm atmosphere and inviting lighting. Lorna was the designer, picking the colours and fixtures with Mel doing the bulk of the renovations to get the premise ready to open.
Mel has enjoyed past experiences of working canteens for sports events, etc. and has done some catering. Working with the ups and downs of the economy in his previous jobs, he had a passion to operate a business, a cafe was the perfect choice, providing a lifestyle with regular hours and one where he could enjoy his customer’s company and serve the public.
The plan is to be open Mondays to Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and be out the door by 5 pm.
Each day will have a feature breakfast, as well as a lunch special. Also appearing on the menu as regular fare to compliment his daily lunch special will be soups, salads, burgers, subs, and sandwiches. There will be a dessert of the day to finish off your meal.
A special menu for kids under 8 will be available, so the whole family can eat when the cook at home has the night off.