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Holiday Diner Offers Classic Charm And Great Eats



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Holiday Diner has been a staple in the Danbury community since it opened more than 70 years ago, back in 1947.

Earlier this year, the diner celebrated its grand reopening after temporarily being closed for construction. It now has a completely brand new and modern kitchen, dining room, and roof.

Owner George Psarofagis said that his parents, Bill and Maria, were excited to purchase the beloved eatery in August of 2000.

“My parents have been in the diner business for 40 years and when they heard that the diner was for sale, they jumped on the opportunity to be a part of such a diverse and thriving community,” Psarofagis said.

Holiday Diner is positioned on bustling White Street and is within walking distance from Western Connecticut State University. Students who present their school ID can even get a ten percent discount for meals. Senior citizens can also receive that discount.

That kind of hospitality and good will keeps customers returning and becoming familiar faces to the friendly staff.

Psarofagis describes the atmosphere there like the popular television show Cheers, which is iconic for its camaraderie and welcoming nature.

“Everybody knows everybody and 90 percent of the customers are regulars,” he notes.

Holiday Diner can seat a total of 120 people throughout its booths, tables, or counter seating.

It features all the traditional diner favorites, such as a full breakfast menu with clubs, burgers, and wraps. Those delectable comfort foods are made fresh daily for the best quality.

“We are not your typical diner with an encyclopedia menu. We offer all the diner classics, but we do as much as we can from scratch,” Psarofagis said.

Another aspect of Holiday Diner that makes it stand out is the exceptional staff.

“We really focus on providing great service, because I’m a true believer that service is just as important as the food. Our average employee tenure is over ten years, which is unheard of in restaurants,” Psarofagis said.

Customers can always count on take-out, and the diner even offers delivery though Uber Eats and DoorDash.

Catering is available, too, with a full breakfast catering menu.

Sample Of The Menu

Eggs: Choose from a selection of delicious omelets, including the veggie omelet with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

Breakfast Faves: Holiday Diner serves different styles of Eggs Benedict for breakfast, all of which come with home fries. A best seller is the Hot Sausage Benedict.

Breakfast Wraps: There are more than half a dozen breakfast wraps to satisfy any foodie. For those that love flavor, try the Mexican Wrap with tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos.

Pancakes, French Toast, Waffles: Customers cannot go wrong with a short stack or full stack of pancakes or French toast, as well as the Belgian waffles. All of which come with butter and syrup. Customize the order by adding some chocolate chips, blueberries, bananas, peanut butter chips, and/or M&Ms. A favorite are the pumpkin pancakes.

Snacks: You can quell any craving with the nine different snacks to pick from, including mozzarella sticks, hand battered chicken tenders, and curly fries.

Burgers & Sandwiches: Holiday Diner has a variety of burgers and sandwiches, such as the BBQ Burger and the Chipotle Chicken Sandwich.

Wraps: All the wraps are served with fries, coleslaw, and a pickle. The Chipotle Burger Wrap is made of chopped burger, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and our chipotle sauce.

Salads: The Crispy Chicken Salad is created with lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, chicken cutlet, bacon, and avocado.

Lunch Faves: Fan favorites at the diner for lunch are any of the quesadillas. The most popular ones are the Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla and Philly Steak Quesadilla.

Dessert: Holiday Diner is known most for its out-of-this-world milkshakes. Their self-proclaimed “Best Shakes in the Universe!” come in flavors such as cannoli, pumpkin, and cookies n’ cream. The diner even has a Milkshake Of The Month program where it features a special flavor for that month.

Holiday Diner, located at 123 White Street in Danbury, is open seven days a week. Hours are Monday through Saturday, from 7 am to 9 pm, and Sunday, from 7 am to 3 pm. Call 203-748-9798 or e-mail holidaydiner@gmail.com. For more information, visit holidaydiner.com. Follow on Facebook and Instagram @holidaydiner.

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