By Carol C. Neugent
The Haysville Diner closed its doors on Monday after a successful run of 10 years to the day. The diner has been a favorite to many Haysville locals. Owner Phyllis Rhodes cited a change in property ownership as the main reason for her decision.
According to Rhodes, the property where her diner was located was recently purchased and the new owner was exploring options, which includes the possibility of a different restaurant.
Rhodes said when she was told about the sale, she decided it was time to do something different. She was quick to clarify that the new owner was nice, it was just time for a change.
“I’ll take a couple of weeks off first,” Rhodes said. “Then I’ll go get a job.”
Rhodes said the diner had grown into a group of regulars.
Phyllis Rhodes, previous owner of The Haysville Diner, has decided to explore new possibilities after 10 years in business.
“It’s like a family thing,” she said. The regulars, however, aren’t very happy about the diner closing.
Patron Judy Babb was quick to express her opinion.
“We don’t like it at all,” she said. When asked if she would give a new restaurant a try, Babb said, “It depends on what she (Phyllis) decides to do.”
Several members of the early-lunch crowd explained that they had followed Rhodes from restaurant to restaurant.
“She cooks good…the old fashioned way,” Babb said.
Rhodes was praised for her willingness to personalize dishes to the particular dietary needs of her customers. This accommodation seemed to be very much appreciated by her regulars.
Rhodes remained busy on the Haysville Diner’s last day for business. She could be heard asking one customer if they wanted curly or regular fries.
“Regular fries, I don’t like curly,” was the response, to which Rhodes commented with a smile, “I was hoping to get rid of the curly fries.”