Jun 06, 2019 by Steve Henschel Grimsby Lincoln News
The Diner Bistro owner Tony Macri, and chef Curtis Hinchliffe are taking aim at a diverse offering of classic diner fair and quality bistro dinners. - Steve Henschel/Torstar
Classic breakfasts, upscale dinner on the menu on West Main StreetTony Macri knows a good diner breakfast or lunch, and he knows a good bistro dinner; it only made sense that the two would come together in his latest venture.
“It’s all about fresh bistro-style dinners with a traditional diner-style breakfast and lunch,” said the former owner of Cibo Osteria and the Grimsby Diner, speaking from his latest culinary venture, The Diner Bistro, on Main Street West.
“There isn’t anything like this in Grimsby,” said Macri, who opened the new restaurant recently — serving up classic diner fare like bacon and egg breakfasts and sandwiches by day, seven days a week, alongside more upscale dinners three nights a week. All the meals, he said, take a focus on quality and if possible, fresh local ingredients, be it produce from Rumar Farms and Mingle Hill Farms or wild sockeye salmon.
The dinner menu remains affordable, however, despite its diverse offerings such as flatbread based on Macri’s experience in the pizza game, orecchiette pasta or sterling-silver steaks.
“It’s all about quality, old-fashioned, good quality food,” he said.
Those meals, be they a diner breakfast or classic homemade dessert, are served in a simple atmosphere modelled with some elegance while not becoming ostentatious.
“We have a relaxed atmosphere, not pretentious at all,” said Macri, who described the location, complete with patio and a selection of local wines and beers alongside Italian imports, as the best of both worlds.
Macri hasn’t stopped there either, introducing an ice cream window open until 9 p.m. every day serving up London Ice Cream products, just in time for summer.
With daily specials, including $6.99 breakfasts from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, business has already been booming, he said.