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Merry Christmas from rockin’ Robin and her Route 2 Diner staff
RUMFORD- It’s beginning to snow and you’ve been doing some last-minute Christmas shopping in the River Valley. You have yet to find that one special gift for the person on your list who has everything. As you enter Rumford Center and slow your car to a crawl through the accumulating snow, you see the lighted sign of Route 2 Diner and, since you skipped breakfast you decide to stop and have a bite.
Upon entering the door, your mouth begins to water from the smell of fresh-baked bread, prime rib simmering in the oven, and piping hot coffee. You’re greeted by Robin cooking away at the grill with a warm smile and her signature, “Hey, how ah ya?” And, Terry peeks from the back room to welcome you with a smiling wave.
As you enter the country-style dining room, Joyce greets you with a smile and gives you a minute to get seated. On any given day, it’s anyone’s guess as to which of the staff will greet you, but Jen, Liesl, Anita, April and Jeanne will always have a smile for you.
Once you’re comfy and ready to figure out what your taste buds are screaming for, your eyes delight to the menu of strawberry bavarian stuffed french toast, homemade hash omelets, mouth-watering bison burgers and an array of desserts sure to please the sweetest of all sweet tooths.
On this particular day, Robin has created a couple vegan delights for those looking to make heart-conscious choices. She has prepared two wonderful burgers; quinoa/bean and black bean/vegetable.
While you wait for your meal, you learn that the 40-seat diner is open six days a week from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., they are closed on Tuesdays. They host holiday, family, birthday and any other kind of party you can think of, and if you decide you want to hold your class luncheon there, you qualify for a 10-percent discount.
During your delicious meal your memory is triggered by the sweet treats in the display case. You have a party in two days and are in charge of bringing the dessert platter. Finding out that the diner can put together a delightful assortment of desserts with a couple days notice, your mind is relieved to know that you’re being taken care of.
As you wait for your check, you peruse the menu and on the back is a history of the restaurant. You discover that Matt and Erin Hall made their dream a reality when they opened the doors of the Route 2 Diner in 2007. By specializing in breakfast foods, the Halls made a name for themselves and in late summer of 2012, Erin decided to try her hand at a more vegan/raw food menu, and opened Erin’s Cafe in Bethel.
At that time, head cook and a 16-year veteran to the service industry in the River Valley, Robin Bickford, was offered the option to lease the restaurant and to make it her own.
“I jumped at the chance,” stated Robin. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I know a lot of our customers already, and they know they can expect the same great menu and employees they love.”
With a full belly you decide more of your family and friends need to know about the great food at the diner and you purchase gift certificates for the rest of the people on your list. You leave with great satisfaction that your shopping is complete.
And, if you stop in during the month of December and purchase a gift certificate, you'll be entered in a raffle to win a $25 gift certificate.
If you would like to book the Route 2 Diner for your next party, order a dessert platter or find out their daily specials, please call them at 364-7777. They are located at 1359 Route 2 in Rumford Center.
And, remember, “There’s no food finer, than the Route 2 Diner!” Spread the word with one of their new shirts.