In Orange Village, Mom's Diner gets makeover


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Stay tuned for big changes at Mom’s Diner (28149 Miles Rd., 440-248-6669), the tastefully retro eatery in Orange Village. First-time restaurateurs Harriet and Peter Kusner took over the space last September, and have been working their way up the learning curve ever since. Other than trimming back dinner hours, and adding the well-received Petey Boy (a double cheeseburger with caramelized onions and the requisite “secret sauce”), they’ve been cautious about making too many changes to the casual eatery at the corner of Miles and Brainard roads. ... But now the Kusners are getting ready to make their mark, giving Mom’s the makeover she so well deserves. Look for a brief shutdown around the end of March, followed by a grand reopening under a new name. Expect the vibe -- pleasant but not kitschy, a place you'd drop in for a workday lunch or weekend breakfast on the way to run some errands -- to stay the same. But they'll add a new menu and expand their hours, among other thus-far unannounced changes. (Until then, Mom will continue entertaining guests from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.) Food fans may recall that Mom’s was originally launched in 2004, by Moxie owner Brad Friedlander and his partners. For a look back at the opening concept, check out our August 2004 review, where we write that Mom's was "honest and wholesome, with scarcely a twist in sight." --- Elaine T. Cicora Read Elaine Cicora's restaurant reviews, food news, and comprehensive dining guide on the restaurant page at


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