By Leah Sander
WARSAW — For John Perkins, the restaurant formerly known as B-Mac’s in Warsaw means a lot to him.
Perkins, of Warsaw, worked there as a cook when it was B-Mac’s and before then when it was known as Dig’s Diner, for a total of 17 years.
“I loved it here. Me and my wife actually reconnected here and we just celebrated 18 years (of marriage) last month,” he added.
That’s partially why he plans to reopen the restaurant at 114. N. Buffalo St as The Diner on Monday, Oct. 11.
The business was last known as The Buzz on Buffalo and recently closed.
Perkins closed on the store on Oct. 5.
Aside from personal reasons, Perkins also says other people want him to reopen the restaurant.
“I have a lot of community support, a lot,” he said. “I mean everyone’s wanting the downtown diner to be back open.”
Perkins said he hopes to provide good service to his customers.
“Customers need friendly people at their establishments,” he said.
As for the menu, Perkins wants to offer daily specials in the future.
“Like on a Wednesday, I’m sure is going to be a beef and noodles or a chicken and noodles day,” he said. “And Friday, I don’t have fish on my menu but on First Fridays, I will do the fish fry.”
Customers should also find slightly lower prices than before, said Perkins. He will also offer people 60 and older a 10% discount.
People can dine in or carry out. The Diner will have delivery in the future, he said.
Hours are to be 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 5 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Perkins plans to make a few changes to the restaurant’s interior. He wants to put in different booths in the future and hang artwork from RedBird Art Studio done by Cardinal Services clients on the back wall.
A change he’s making that will be a return to a previous incarnation of the restaurant is hanging some of local photographer Al Disbro’s work on one of the walls.
Perkins handed out flyers and free hot dogs at First Friday on Oct. 1 letting people know the business was coming back.
“I’m excited. I’m ready to be back,” he said.