Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

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May 22, 2011

A diner of decades ago

— GALVESTON — Cooking has been a passion for Lisa Downhour for as long as she can remember.

“I grew up cooking with my mom since I could stand at the counter,” she said.

Lisa says her mother was the 16th child in her family.

“So, I learned how to cook from the get-go,” she said.

She even worked in a diner for about five years when she was younger.

For many years, Downhour had a dream of opening her own restaurant, but with seven children, something else always seemed to take priority. Now that her youngest children, twins, will soon start kindergarten, Downhour decided it was finally her time.

“I’ve always been a busy person,” she said. “I can’t imagine just sitting around and waiting for them to come home.”

After some thought, she decided Galveston was

the perfect place to open a business.

“I saw a need,” she said. “There weren’t any restaurants where people could come and eat breakfast.”

After three months of renovations, Lisa’s Diner opened April 30 in a former tanning salon. Downhour said she had enjoyed every minute so far.

“To me, when I walk into this place, it’s not a job,” she said. “It’s my passion.”

Lisa’s Diner offers both breakfast and lunch. Menu options include breakfast sandwiches, omelets, eggs, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, sausage, toast, patty melts, burgers, chicken strips, grilled cheese, soup, salads and several sides.

The most popular choices are the tenderloin and fish sandwiches. Downhour says everyone who comes in describes the tenderloin as the best they’ve ever eaten.

A popular breakfast option is biscuits and gravy. Downhour makes her gravy from scratch every morning and feels it’s important to do so.

“I just wouldn’t feel right putting something on a plate that I wouldn’t serve to my kids or family,” she said.

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