MINGO JUNCTION - Partners Tracy DiCarlo and Dimas Cintron are hoping to make their new Mingo Diner the destination of choice for area residents looking for good food and great service at affordable prices.
Tracy and her fiance, a self-employed contractor, spent weeks cleaning and remodeling the inside of the diner, formerly known as Paddy's, before opening for business in December. As with any new business, she said those first few weeks "were chaotic, but we've worked the kinks out."
"Our customers come first, no matter what," Dimas added. "We don't let food sit in the service window for any reason. We have a new name, new menu, new servers and a new standard of service, and we're always trying to make things better. I tell people, everything is homemade so please give us time to prepare it properly. Ninety-nine percent of our menu is cooked from scratch."
Mingo Diner offers a range of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. The menu features everything from omelets, soups, pasta, hamburgers, Philly cheesesteaks, reubens and hot dogs to gyros, hoagies, kielbassa, chicken, meatloaf, sausage, roast beef and fish. They also have a Greek salad, steak salad, chicken salad and blue cheese salad, a kid's menu and a selection of side dishes, appetizers and desserts sure to suit any palate.
"And our coffee is fresh ground," Tracy said. "We grind the beans ourselves."
They have daily specials, including all-you-can-eat fish on Fridays.
"We want to be known for having A-1 food, really good food," she said.
Currently open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Cintron said they will extend their hours in the spring. They're also looking into getting a lottery machine as well as a credit card machine for customer convenience.
Takeout is available.
Tracy said her parents Ron and Pam DiCarlo, owners of DiCarlo Markets - talked her into making the move. She'd worked at her father's store for years, doing his catering for him.
"That's how I established myself," she said. "I catered a lot of food out of there, for weddings and graduations, so people know how I cook and the kind of food I cook.
Tracy said her father saw opportunity in the shale drilling boom coming to Ohio.
"He knew in time, even though January and February are typically a bad time of year, with all the drilling that's coming in it would be good for me. He felt like this was a great opportunity to strike out on my own, that it was a good time for me to go out on my own."
Elise Bogard of Wintersville supplies them with fresh baked goods. To find out more about Mingo Diner, call (740) 535-2008 or visit in person at 2210 Commercial St., Mingo Junction.