Pine Diner Serves Up 1950s Nostalgia

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If "Grease" is the word that gets you humming the golden oldies, then you have to put the Nifty ‘50s Diner on your list of places to grab a bite.

Not only will you be treated to old-style diner breakfasts and lunches, your whole dining experience will be simmering with 1950s nostalgia.

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Becky Richins, left, her daughter, Gigi Parquette, and sister, Linda McNabb, run the Nifty ‘50s Diner in Pine. The business is not new to the community, but it is in a new location.

The Nifty ‘50s Diner in Pine is in its new home, specifically designed to be reminiscent of a time "when life was easier and kinder."

It is now on the east side of Highway 87 in Pine, directly across from the Pine Community Center, and two doors north of the post office.

The Nifty ‘50s Diner has been part of the Pine business community for 11 years.

Run by Becky Richins, her daughter, Gigi Parquette and sister, Linda McNabb, the diner is open for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, when they put on a fish fry, featuring Icelandic cod.

The diner has about 15 employees.

Richins said her customers' favorite breakfast is the omelet and at lunch the most popular items are hamburgers, pastrami sandwiches and Reubens.

"There is a weekday lunch special every day," Richins said. "Thursday is meatloaf -- it's all beef, served with mashed potatoes and a vegetable."

The fries you get with your hamburger or sandwich are homemade, too. For dessert there is a choice of homemade pies. In the afternoon, people just drop in for a milkshake or malt.

No matter what you order, Richins promises quality ingredients.

Richins designed the new diner facility with Bernie Leider to ensure they had space that could be closed off for parties or meetings during regular business hours. The space needs to be reserved in advance.

Richins said in December, the diner will switch to winter hours, but she hasn't decided what those will be.

To find out more or to reserve the meeting room, call Richins at (928) 476-2748.

-- To reach Teresa McQuerrey call 474-5251 ext. 113 or e-mail tmcquerrey@payson.com.

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