By Angie Sullivan

Lucy’s Diner opened its 1950s-themed doors on June 1 to a crowd hungry for eggs and bacon.

The decor is bright and cheery, with pop culture pin-ups as decor and a colour theme of red, white, and black.

Owner Shannon Lafromboise is thrilled with the community’s reception to her reinvented greasy spoon.

“We sold out of everything on the first day! The only things left were a few home fries,” she said.

The location at 260 Pefferlaw Rd was home to another breakfast place several years ago, and Lafromboise worked there as a weekend waitress.

“When the doors closed, there was no good place to get coffee in the morning,” she said. “Now I am going to be open every flipping day!”

When asked about the name of her business, she tells a heartfelt story.

“Bob Harlop, who passed this May two years ago, used to sit on the same stool with his coffee and toast. He’d be there for three hours daily, cracking dirty jokes. His nickname for me was “Lucy,” from the TV show I Love Lucy, and we named the diner in his memory.”

Shannon “Lucy” & Emily “Ethel”

Her sidekick and co-worker, Emily Revells, is nicknamed “Ethel,” also a throwback to the iconic comedy.

“If you want a classic breakfast made with love, you come to see Lucy!” Revells exclaimed.

They laugh and tell me a story about the trouble they get into, just like on the old TV show.

“When we were trying to fill condiment bottles, things went sideways, and we sprayed ketchup everywhere! Just like that famous episode,” Lafromboise said.

Although she’s a busy mother of three, Lafromboise promises to be there every day, and says the diner’s hours of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. work well with her family’s schedule. 

And the insider’s secret? The Eggs Benedict and feature Strata, a baked egg casserole, are fan favourites.