Johnstown resident Tiffany Hollis said she used to "play restaurant" with her grandpa when she was a little girl, working a pretend cash register.

Johnstown resident Tiffany Hollis said she used to "play restaurant" with her grandpa when she was a little girl, working a pretend cash register.

Today, she said, she's living her dream as the new owner of Dashing Diner Uptown with her husband, Doug.

The former Main Street Diner, 16 S. Main St., reopened May 10 after closing April 30 to give the popular Johnstown restaurant a facelift.

The business is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

"We had started a food truck, the Dashing Diner, and this is our third season with it," Hollis said. "This is our first season with this (restaurant). It's great. We've done a lot of work from the ceiling to the floors. It looks completely different. We put in all new hardwood floors. You would think it's original to the building."

The walls have been painted and the seating rearranged, and a display case features cupcakes and retro dishes that match the turquoise, red and white decor.

Hollis said she always wanted to operate a food truck, so she bought a 1970s Winnebago off craigslist and quit her day job.

"It was a total leap of faith," she said. "My youngest son has autism. That was my final push to do it so I could be my own boss with flexibility. It's something he can do in the future.

"We've been so blessed. It has been so amazing. Doors have opened that shouldn't have. I'm very thankful."

She said the restaurant is an extension of the mobile business.

One of her most popular items is the BaconJam burger, with Swiss cheese, mayo and pickle. The homemade jam ($6.99) is "a lil sweet, a lil smoky and a whole lotta tasty," according to the menu.

Customers may build their own breakfast sandwich for $4.19.

"We will work hard to do daily specials, made from scratch each day," Hollis said. "We'll do our best to do that. We'll have a weekly special of sandwiches. We really want to make it feel like the old-diner feeling, like you're at home."

The 1995 Johnstown-Monroe High School alumna said the menu is a work in progress.

"We will have a blackbean burger," she said. "It's so good."

Hollis said her No. 1 goal is to provide quick service and good food.

"I'm trying hard to keep it affordable as possible," she said. "I want it to taste and look good. I'm doing this because I love it."

Hollis said former Main Street Diner owner Jim Wolgamot approached her to see if she would be interested in purchasing the diner.

"This is my absolute dream," she said. "It means a lot to us. The town is growing so much. We can only seat 54 people. With the food truck, we go to surrounding areas, and we have a good following. I hope to pull from other communities to here."

Wolgamot and he and his wife, Cathy, decided to sell the business after a 17-year run.

"We were tired, to say the least," he said. "It was a lot of fun, though. We had a lot of great loyal customers."

Wolgamot previously had a Quiznos franchise in Westerville.

He started another business three years ago with Amazon, ebay and a website for camping, hunting and fishing supplies.

"This is the first time doing nothing to do with food," he said. "Cathy has been helping me, trying to figure out her role."

He said it was difficult doing both the diner and online business.

Wolgamot said the couple had developed wonderful relationships with customers and employees at the diner over the years.

"She (Tiffany) has done a lot of work," he said. "It looks fantastic. I don't think I could have found a better person to take the helm. We said we didn't own it, but we were just the keepers. It has been a restaurant since the early 1900s. I hope it continues to be a staple."