TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) A diner founded in the Capital City in 2018 is working to leave its mark on the community.
Diner 24 may be small, but owner Kimberly Mattox has a big heart for the community of Topeka, and says everyone from all walks of life is welcome.
The venture started out as just some property Kimberly owned. She said she didn't plan to have a diner, but unfortunate circumstances led her to this huge life decision, and she decided to take the leap of faith.
Kimberly said, “I dove in and said if I put my mind to it, I can do it, and amazingly this has been the best adventure emotionally for me and my family.”
In October of 2018, Diner 24 officially opened for business. “It’s brought us together in the hardest time of our lives, teaching my kids how to really overcome obstacles that you don’t think you can overcome,” Kimberly said.
Eight months later, her spontaneous venture is thriving. Kimberly says customers rave over the food, and since opening, hasn't had one complaint on the food.
Tony Niccoli, of Topeka, said he tries to come to the diner at least once a week, and if he gets there more, that's just a plus.
Kimberly says what sets them apart, is that all their food is homemade.
Nicol Revell of Topeka has been a proud supporter of Kimberly and the diner from the beginning. Revell said, “I love the french fries here, that’s probably my number one, I love the hand cut fries and it’s just one of my favorites. They do them very well here.”
The food is not the only thing that is keeping the customers coming back. “When you come here you are becoming part of the family here, and it’s just unbelievable,” says Revell.
Niccoli agreed saying, “It feels like you are at home with mom, sisters and family when you’re sitting here eating. They visit with you, they’re very friendly, welcoming when you walk in the door, I love it.”
Kimberly said she knows that it's not about filling customers stomachs, but about filling their hearts. She said, “I am humbled by all the people that have stepped up and supported us, and I’m here for the long-haul. I want to serve our community.”
Which is exactly what Diner 24 is all about.
Revell says it's an experience you just can't miss out on, "Most of the time you get quality product and it’s in these little type diners. So, don’t sleep on North Topeka, it’s a great place.”
Diner 24 recently changed their hours to stay open for dinner. They are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Sunday.
The diner is located at 2134 N. Kansas Ave.