Fork in the Road: Hometown Diner brings community of Eskridge together

Published: Mar. 26, 2019 at 4:48 PM CDT
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Every small town diner is known for something, and in Eskridge, Kansas Big Bertha's Diner offers their customers more than just a unique name and delicious food.

Becky Frank has owned the diner for a little over two years now. Before becoming Big Bertha's Diner, the location on Main Street in Eskridge was home to another diner that gave Becky her first job at just 11 years old.

Becky's inspiration behind the unique name was her mother Bertha. She admits her mother did not like the idea at first and said, "why can’t you just call it Bertha’s?", which of course Becky replied with, "Well, it’s just not as catchy.”

Six months after buying the diner, Becky's mother Bertha passed away. Her mother left behind a legacy of always being willing to help people. Now, Becky leaves that same impact on her customers.

Loyal customers of Big Bertha's Diner, and even strangers passing through, all say the diner makes them feel at home. Connie Kemp is a regular, and says, "It’s just a hometown diner. Everybody is comfortable here, everybody is treated the same here.”

Amongst all the praise, customers could not rave enough about the food. Big Bertha's covers all the bases and is known for excellent breakfast and lunch. Julie Bond of Dover, Kansas says, "Becky has a spicy triple-decker club sandwich that is definitely worth the trip." George Brown comes in three to four times a week and says, "She makes the best pancake in the country, nice and thin and brown."

While the delicious food gets customers in the door, everyone agrees that the people are what keeps them coming back. Tobi Area is the waitress at Big Bertha's Diner and says, "I feel very fortunate to live in this small town and be able to get up every morning and come in here, and have Becky for a boss.”

Big Bertha's Diner, 113 S Main St., is open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 2 pm. On Saturday, the hours are 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Sunday's 7:30 am to 2 pm.

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