“How To Run A Restaurant For Dummies,” and the Rest is History…But Wait, There’s More!
When Norm Elvin decided to buy the old China True Value hardware store, he wasn’t sure what he’d do with it. He owned it, it had possibilities, but for what? When the idea of a new sit-down eatery came up, he picked up a book called “Running A Restaurant For Dummies,” and The China Dine-ah was born….
Now, more than five years later, the “Dine-ah,” as it is affectionately called, is going to have a baby. In farmers’ terms, it’s going to calve. Coming in June will be the China Dine-ah Too on Route 3, not far from Family Dollar. Norm knows well that that particular coastal route is a prime location for getting noticed by summer tourists and the original Dine-ah, good as it is, is off the beaten path. So consider the Dine-ah Too a sign to promote the original that will also serve as a stop for a quick bite and baked goods.
There will be some seating inside and a deck so people can sit outside on nice days but the menu will be a little simpler. Things like burgers, seafood, lobst-ah rolls and those fantastic hand cut fries! Oh, and delicious fresh made baked goods. If you want a larger menu and full bar, it’s only a couple miles down route 202.
Norm loves people and goes out of his way to make sure customers are happy. As a friend of his, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a businessman care more about the people he serves. Whether you’re extremely satisfied or not happy, for whatever reason, he wants to know, so go to the the website and email him. He WILL respond because he truly cares about what you have to say.
The Dine-ah Too will only be open during the summer months but the regular location is open year-round, six days a week. I host trivia there on Wednesdays starting at 6:30 so if you’re looking for a fun place to eat and hang out, stop in! The game is free and you could win some free food!