March 17, 2013

Squirrel's Nest diner a stroll down memory lane



“She’s fantastic,” she said.

The diner takes pride in large portions, low prices and great food.

“You’re definitely going to get something good to eat for under $10,” Baker said.

They have applied for a liquor license and will open the bar once that is in hand, hopefully by the start of summer. Once the bar is open, Baker said she will probably offer a modified food menu for the evening hours.

She is also exploring whether to offer delivery service.

Renovations mainly involved cleaning the place, but she did re-install the upper wall between the bar and diner areas to reduce noise. They also installed a new floor from the front door to the kitchen.

The front features a picture window with the Squirrel’s Nest logo, framed by translucent glass blocks.

“That’s something very unique with this building,” Baker said.

She said the name is a play on the nickname given her by her husband, who calls her the squirrel because she is often scurrying around.

“It could be the Squirrel’s Nest Egg, for my retirement,” Baker said with a laugh. 

Baker and her husband, Village Mayor Francis “Bumper” Baker, also own and operate Bumpers Self Storage (1995) and The Last Resort lounge (2008), both in Rouses Point. 

She spent 37-plus years working at Ayerst/Wyeth/Pfizer in Rouses Point before she retired. 

Baker said she’s pleased with the reception the restaurant has received.

“We’re bringing in the locals,” she said. “That’s what I really want to see. They make you or break you.”

The Squirrel’s Nest is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Payment is by cash only, but there is an ATM available.

A Facebookpage displays menu updates and a variety of photos. For more information or to place a take-out order, call 297-6378.

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