WALLINGFORD — Center Street Luncheonette has long been a staple downtown and continues to be since Brianna and Diego Jadan took ownership in November.
The Jadans have worked in hospitality, but their goal was to own a restaurant one day. The opportunity presented itself with Center Street Luncheonette, 18 Center St. Since then, a few changes have been made to the restaurant, including experimenting with the menu.
“We took the menu the previous owner had in place and for the last couple of months, we played around with what has been the favorite of the customers, what sells, what doesn't sell,” Brianna Jadan said. “What if we completely add new items, which (was) done.”
Brianna said a new menu was released that featured many previous favorites with new items. Added were various new sandwiches, quesadillas, wraps, and new lunch categories.
The menu has a new design as well with the same logo containing a wooden background. Inside the restaurant, new decor was added and the previously yellow was painted a dark gray with lighter gray accents on top.
In terms of the decor and wall colors, Jadan incorporated a lot of customer feedback into the planning. Jadan described the restaurant as having a country-chic vibe, with country music.
Jadan recalls the Hearty Breakfast as being a fan favorite with the customers. There is also a renamed omelet, “Wallingford’s favorite,” featuring goat cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach.
“All you have to do is go in the morning and you will see it is a gathering place, that's what makes these places very special. People will gather here to converse, it's a place to socialize and enjoy a good breakfast. It’s a great way to get the day started,” said town Economic Development Specialist Tim Ryan. “Any day you go down there you can see people from the leadership community. It's a nice place to gather.”
Few people knew they were working behind the scenes with breakfast and lunch specials.
“We played around a lot with specials for breakfast and lunch, some of the things that became very popular that we did and people asked about such as the Philly steak wrap, we took some of those favorites and incorporated it to the menu,” she said.
At the moment, they are doing to-go orders that many businesses utilize. They are hoping to eventually take part in delivery.
Center Street Luncheonette will be one of the sponsors for the Lyman Hall Football team this coming fall.
Brianna Jadan said she looks forward to always meeting new faces.
“What the restaurant has reminded me of lately are those small-time diners that you see in the movies where everyone knows one another and is happy,” she said. “The first couple hours of the day are always my favorite because it is first thing in the morning and the amount of happiness and laughter and good time everyone is having is really nice to see.”
Center Street Luncheonette is open 6 a.m.-1 p.m. seven days a week.