Dave Borowiec graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and has worked for both multi-unit food operations as well as stand alone restaurants on St. Thomas and the Pacific. Eager to strike out on his own, when he heard the Diner was for sale he alerted friends with money. One of them, Michael Brouwer, bought it. They opened for business Oct. 22.
It’s fair to say the first few weeks were rugged.
Some longtime local customers were unhappy with Borowiec’s effort to rid the kitchen of free ranging chickens. “Out in the yard with the tables, they’re part of the ambience” he agreed, “But they have no place inside.” He’s now trying to keep the fowl at bay with less aggressive measures.
Efforts to expound the Diner’s Web site have yielded little progress. Borowiec is on a third Web designer who says they can do the job.
“We’e always going to be known as a place for breakfast in the morning and pizza at night,” Borowiec told the Inquiring Iguana. But the menu will offer more than those basics. Already he’s added toasted submarines and lobster rolls. “We may also try chicken marsala, rosemary chicken, or chicken par,” he added. He also wants to feature Coral Bay artists' work as part of the interior decoration.