Delaney's Diner opened in Reynoldsburg only a few weeks ago, but the owners already are working on an expansion.
The diner, which is at 6150 E. Main St., seats 54 currently.
"We're planning to take over another 1,200 square feet of space, and by the time we're done, we'll have about 98 seats," said Jeff Miller, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Lisa.
"The past couple of Sundays, trying to accommodate large parties has been a challenge, and we want to make sure we can accommodate those guests," he said. "The response from the Reynoldsburg community has been overwhelmingly positive."
The expansion is expected to be finished by the end of the year, Miller said.
With an open, exhibition-style kitchen and retro decor, the diner serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week, with most dishes ranging in price from $4.99 to $12.99. A children's menu is available, as is an early-bird breakfast special -- two eggs, choice of breakfast meat and toast for $3.99 -- until 7:30 a.m. daily.
"We tore down walls so you can see the kitchen and interact with the cooks as well," Miller said. "I'm all about the little neighborhood places that are unique and local."
Among the diner's signature items is Pasta Salvi, previously served at the now-defunct Columbus-based chain B.G. Salvi's. The pasta dish is made with fettuccine that is smothered in butter cream sauce and panko bread crumbs before being deep fried then covered with marinara sauce.
Miller worked for the Salvi family for 25 years and brought the recipe with him to Delaney's Diner.
"There used to be a B.G. Salvi's on Brice Road and it was crazy how many people would travel to have that pasta, so it's nice to bring that back to the Reynoldsburg area," he said.
Other favorites include the fried bologna -- a 6-ounce cut -- and the Indy 500, a hand-breaded pork tenderloin smothered in sausage gravy and served with two eggs, hash browns and biscuits, Miller said.
"We serve the entire menu all day, so if you want a burger at 6:30 a.m., you can have it," he said.
The Millers' first Delaney's Diner, 5916 Westerville Road, opened in 2017.
The couple runs the diners with a "dynamic" staff, Miller said, and the help of their daughter, Paige Delaney, a high school senior for whom the diner is named.
Most of the Reynoldsburg staff was trained at the Westerville location prior to opening, but Miller said he is still accepting employee applications at delaneysdiner.com/application.
Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call the Reynoldsburg location at 614-626-2006 or go to delaneysdiner.com.