KAWARTHA LAKES: “I am in complete and total shock.” Those were the words of Dave Tomlinson, owner of St. Dave’s Diner in Lindsay, from an article about the fire that destroyed his restaurant on Highway 35, on May 3rd of this year. An electrical problem in the attic, turned out to be the cause of the problem.
Thanks to the incredible support of the local community, St. Dave’s Diner was able to reopen at a new location, a former restaurant that had been sitting empty for close to a year, at 2825 Highway 35, in Lindsay. They took the property over on May 15th, and began to update and redecorate, as quickly as possible, reopening at the current location on, June 29th, just 57 days after the fire.
Speaking with The Standard, Mariska Tomlinson, owner of St. Dave’s Diner, wants to thank the community for their incredible support. “A large part of us deciding to re-establish the Diner was the reaction from the community,” said Mrs. Tomlinson. They also received support from several local businesses and even some old friends. “A large part thanks to the great local contractors, suppliers, and the insurance company, who settled very quickly and very fairly. All of the staff came back to work, and when we realized the new location would need more help, several employees that used to work for us happily rejoined us, along with several new ones,” said Mrs. Tomlinson.
Thanks to several community fundraisers, the staff of St. Dave’s were supported during the rebuild and now are all busier than before, serving even more customers at the new location. They are serving over 2000 people a week, up by 50 to 100 customers on average, daily. They also have room for a permanent buffet set up and have, ‘All-U-Can-Eat Brunch Buffets’ every long weekend.
The menu at St.Dave’s Diner consists of award winning breakfast items and they also have a lunch menu. They use fresh, local ingredients. Some of the most popular items are their, "Eggs Benedict Arnold", "Breakfast Bowls", and “Breakfast Clubhouses.”
St. Dave’s Diner is the proud recipient of the 2011 Lindsay & District Chamber’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, and 2013’s Restaurant Excellence Award.
In addition to the diner, Dave and Mariska Tomlinson have also launched a food truck, to be able to get out and support the local community. “The St. Dave’s Drivin’ Dine,” has as much cooking capacity as the original diner did, offering a variety of breakfast, lunch, and BBQ items.
Watch out for them at the various fairs and community events happening in town.