Waterloo’s iconic Harmony Lunch re-opened over the weekend, and the new owner says he hopes the changes he’s made will appeal to new clients and not ruffle the feathers of the diner’s loyal customer base. At least not too much.
Among the changes: a garage-door style front entrance for open-air eating on nice days, renovated bathrooms, a liquor licence and extended hours to 2 a.m. from Thursday through Saturday, which means Harmony Lunch will also be open for late-night snacking.
“Die-hard loyalists have sort of shaken their fist at me and I think they would have anyways. I think they were destined to resist the new generation, regardless of my intentions,” said new owner Nick Benninger.
“It’s kind of fun,” said Benninger. “And I hope if I’m 86 years old… and still cooking when someone takes over for me I hope some of my customers give the new guy a hard time too.”A new garage door that can open onto the street for almost al fresco dining on nice days has replaced a wall full of curtained windows. (Harmony Lunch/Facebook)
Signs of the old Harmony Lunch remain, including a block of wood hanging above the grill. The well-worn floorboard is where the former owners stood, flipping burgers all those years.
“There’s about a three-quarter inch groove in the wood from where they stood, and shuffled their feet making hamburgers. We’ve got that kind of as a tip of the hat to all their hard work,” said Benninger.
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