The inside of City Diner Family Restaurant still looks much like it did when it was Nick's Country Oven Diner – in fact, the old sign still hangs in front of the restaurant, but the business quietly changed hands last month.
Now, the owners of City Diner, located in Country Creek Crossing on the northwest corner of Adams and Silverbell roads, are implementing a new menu, new advertising, and soon, a new sign.
"Some days are good," said Tonya Vuktilaj, of Sterling Heights, who owns and operates City Diner with her husband, John Vuktilaj. She admitted some days are slower than others, which she says is typical in the summer. She hopes the quality of the food as well as reasonable prices and specials will help lure in new customers.
The couple sold their other Flint-based restaurant in May to be able to purchase City Diner on June 1, Vuktilaj said.
During the transition in early June, "almost everybody stayed," said Vuktilaj, who also works as a server at the restaurant. A few of those staff members still remain at the restaurant.
City Diner, which serves diner-style food similar to its predecessor, is receiving good reviews from patrons in its fledgling weeks.
Rochester Hills resident John Stoner said he has been visiting the restaurant about twice a week over the past couple months, and he has had good experiences at the new restaurant.
"It's a good place," said Stoner, who was finishing a lunchtime wrap sandwich late Monday morning. "The food's reasonably priced, too."
"Everything's good there," said Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy Andy Sparks, who frequented Nick's Country Oven and now sometimes lunches at City Diner.
"They have a good deal on breakfasts," added Deputy Terry Cashman, who also frequents the new restaurant.
In addition to breakfast specials, the restaurant also offers daily specials as well as 99-cent Coneys on Wednesdays.
For more information, call City Diner at 248-276-8720.