Most mom-and-pop businesses are the result of a dream by either “Mom” or “Pop” — perhaps both.
Melisa’s Family Diner, 859 E. Main, fits the formula. Having just opened on Feb. 6, the little diner that was formerly the East Side Diner is the dream of Melisa Lacy and her husband, Roylin. She’s a longtime server and handles the “front end” while Roylin, a carpenter and handyman, cooks.
They currently comprise a staff of two with the help of their son from time to time.
On Monday morning, most of the 26 seats were occupied by men and women enjoying breakfast and conversation. Melisa — with one “s” as she points out — knows many of the customers on a first-name basis.
Melisa, who served most recently at the Kountry Kitchen, said she always wanted her own place and “the time just seemed right.”
Roylin stopped his full-time carpentry job but is still taking on little jobs and managing a trailer park.
The menu with the daily specials is written on a chalkboard over the cash register that’s behind the counter where several customers occupy stools. There’s a printed menu, too.
“We’re open for breakfast and lunch every day except Sunday,” Melisa said, while asking if a customer needs a coffee refill. She is never still since she’s something of a “one-woman band” when it comes to serving and busing the tables.
Melisa says she’s lived in Frankfort all her life and she feels as if this is a dream come true.
“So far we’ve been packed every day we’ve been open. I already knew a lot of the customers and I’m trying to learn the names of all the regulars.”
Melisa’s Family Diner is open from 5 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday.