Last Friday Jack McDavid announced that he will close his Down Home Diner for extensive renovations this summer. In the overhaul, the diner, an anchor at Reading Terminal Market for the past 23 years, will receive a completely new kitchen and on-site restrooms. Grub Street caught up with McDavid this morning and found out why he decided to reboot the diner.
“We’re putting more firepower in the kitchen to do the kind of preparation that we don’t have room for now,” says McDavid. “We want to go to baking our own bread, making our own jelly, churning our own butter and doing everything from scratch.”
In addition to a bigger, better kitchen and on-site bathrooms, McDavid tells us to look for expanded hours and menus when it reopens.
“We have the BYOB in full force now,” McDavid says. “And we think we can make it one the least expensive and one of the best BYOBs in the country.”