Home Town Diner celebrates one-year anniversary

March 13, 2002|BY ANDREA ROWLAND

Home Town Diner on the square in Williamsport celebrates its first anniversary this month.

Owners William and Diana Church, who established their eatery in the space that housed Jeanne's Restaurant for 53 years, served up food and fun at the March 2 birthday party they hosted for their restaurant on the corner of Conococheague and Potomac streets.

"We had a whole bunch of new faces in here that day," William Church said.

He and his wife, who live in nearby Falling Waters, W.Va., worked long hours in the last year to make the restaurant a success, they said. They spent an average of 100 hours a week in the restaurant doing everything from grilling to dishes.

"It's been rough," Diana Church said.

But their efforts appeared worthwhile on a recent Wednesday afternoon, when the restaurant was still busy after lunch hour. William Church scooped grilled meats onto a line of buns while his wife doled out her popular homemade vegetable soup.


The Churches kept the steamers, authentic cherry Cokes, milkshakes and some other Jeanne's favorites but added a salad bar and a variety of new hot and cold sandwiches, breakfast items and dinner entrees, they said.

After a year of hard work, the couple has decided to cut back their hours. Once open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Home Town Diner now does business from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

"This year we're taking things a little easier. We're doing things the way we want to do them," William Church said.

As spring nears, he and his wife look forward to once again serving the hikers and bikers who frequent the C&O Canal towpath in Williamsport, they said.

"They were a big help to us last year," Diana Church said.

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