Old Towne Diner in Old Towne Orange
Anybody been to Old Towne Diner yet, right here in OTO? I stopped by last night with my son to check it out. The place was cute, very old timey with red pleathery booths, juke boxes on each table (that actually do work which is fun) and a simple American style menu. The look and feel pretty much deliver on the name.
Their menu is made up of burgers, hot dogs, a few sandwiches and salads, all named after streets in Old Towne Orange. I ordered the Lemon Street Bacon Chili Cheese Dog and shared it with my 7-year old. They do have a kids menu, but no simple hot dog on it, which surprised me. Luckily he enjoyed the chili dog and I did too. It was good…but not great. They also have a variety of types of French Fries. I tried the Ranch fries, again good, but not great.
I was there on a Wednesday night at about 6:30 and I was surprised that there weren’t that many people in there. The person behind the register said that lunch is really their busy time. Here’s the thing, and you know me-I like to find the positive in everything, but this new spot was lacking energy. The food was good, the decor was fun and on the mark, but the energy was not there. Partly I think perhaps the staff, but I’d rather head over to Watsons for a similar meal, wider selection and more energy. I just don’t think they hit the mark with this one.
Now I like to ponder as to why this type of restaurant isn’t happening and others are. I think in part it’s the marketing and the energy created around a new spot, none was done for this restaurant and marketing buzz translates to people, which translates to energy. They haven’t posted on their Facebook page since they opened and the link from that page to their website goes NOWHERE (I’m a social media consultant and this drives me crazy). However, that’s not all it is. We’ve got a lot of new restaurants in OTO that are doing extremely well and some that there is big buzz around. Smoqued and Linx are 2 coming that I cannot wait to try and I think it’s the originality of the food, at least my perception that what’s coming is original and different. Looked at Smoqued’s Facebook page, they have been working to give us the scoop with 700 fans and lots of regular updates about what’s coming, they’re already involving us and getting us excited. They might not deliver, but I’m excited to find out.
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Old Towne Diner is located at 152 N Glassell, right across from Zito’s.