March 17, 2013

Squirrel's Nest diner a stroll down memory lane

ROUSES POINT — A local woman is offering a glimpse of history at the newest restaurant in Rouses Point. 

Melissa Baker opened The Squirrel’s Nest diner on Feb. 6. It is located at 90 Lake Street in the Village of Rouses Point, the former location of Old Tymes Cafe and originally Anctil’s Restaurant and Bar.

She remembers coming to Anctil’s and especially enjoyed the french fries. The new restaurant is just the latest addition helping to revitalize downtown Rouses Point.

“This place looked like it needed to be busy again,” Baker said.

The walls are decorated with copies of historic photographs and advertisements from Rouses Point, courtesy of village resident Benny Arno.

“People go down memory lane when they come here,” Baker said.

The plan is to offer old-style, simple favorites, a throwback to the diners long history.

“It’s been all good feedback. People are happy to hear we offer them home cooking,” she said.

Breakfast is available throughout the day. It includes a $2.99 special of two eggs, two pieces of bacon or sausage and two pieces of toast. Pancakes, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, omelets, eggs Benedict and several side orders are also available. 

For lunch, there are burgers, breaded or grilled chicken sandwiches, hot or cold deli sandwiches, hot plates such as a turkey platter or fish and chips, side orders and salads. Baker said there are two soups every day.

They will offer a Sunday brunch starting March 17, $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for kids. Plans call for eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries, pancakes, breads, coffee and tea.

The Squirrel’s Nest uses as many local providers as possible, such as Giroux’s Poultry and Lakeside Coffee. Those opportunities will increase when local produce becomes available later this year.

There are six employees, not including Baker. Debbie Fosher is the cook. Baker credits her with developing the menu and daily specials.

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