Breakfast 2011 – The Year in Review

2011 has brought many changes on the breakfast scene here on the West Shore. Here are a few of the things that we have observed this year:

Several notable restaurants have closed their doors this year, including the Camp Hill Diner, the Mechanicsburg 50’s Diner, Ruppert’s Restaurant in Rossville, and the Brick House Restaurant in Carlisle.

According to our scorecard several restaurants made great gains this year, including Marie’s Cafe, Deiner’s, the Camp Hill Cafe and the Yankee Doodle Diner. These four really climbed the charts. Several new places also rolled into top positions, like Caffe 101 in Boiling Springs, the Sunlight Diner (formerly the 50’s Diner) and L’ Koste Villa in Upper Allen Twp.

We saw many more restaurants hanging big TV’s on the walls, redecorating and trying to spruce it up a bit. We have noticed more of a trend toward being open for breakfast and lunch only. We’re hoping to see more wireless internet availability in 2012.

Here are a few tips for the restaurants out there to improve their business in 2012: Turn on the sign and change those old light bulbs inside, brighten things up a little bit with table decorations and new wall treatments or at least some new pictures. If your seats are old, replace them, they’re not comfy anymore. If your tables and silverware look like the seventies, it’s time to upgrade. Have you had the windows cleaned inside and out lately? Get on board with a place mat company, we need a place to put our toast! And finally, please put salt, pepper, jelly and ketchup at every table, we hate to ask for it! See you in 2012!

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