By Anne Hassler Heidel
You will see familiar faces at Hwy. 56 Family Restaurant in Galva, both serving and enjoying the food.
Owner Diane Hoard is pleased with the support of her clientele, many following her from Perkins Restaurant in McPherson that closed in March of this year.
“I want people to still feel we’re a part of the community, we’re just down the road a few miles,” Hoard said of her new location that was formerly Hungry Mann’s.
She’s thankful everyone has been patient as they work out the kinks. She’s already thinking of ways to better organize the workflow in the kitchen to make it go quicker so that food is served faster.
Considering it only took about 10 days from closing Hungry Mann’s on July 1 where Hoard and her staff helped with the transition, to re-opening as Hwy. 56 Family Restaurant on July 9, the transition has been fairly smooth and in record time.
“We didn’t have to take a week and train new staff so that helped,” Hoard said. She’s drawn on her 20 years in the restaurant business to build a menu she calls “home-style with something for everyone.”
One big change she has made compared to Perkins is to be closed on Sundays.
“I feel it’s just a day we should give to the lord and let our employees spend some time with their families,” she said.
Hoard’s faith also comes through in the restaurant’s logo she helped design.
“I’m a doodler and I kept playing around with how the 5 and the 6 could work together and I thought why not add a cross at the top,” she said. She asked Atelier Design to help clean up her drawings and then gave it to Express Signs to make the sign out front that shows a roadway behind the logo. She likes how it shows how the restaurant is connected to the communities in the area via the road.
Another connection she is building on is to start to use a local bakery and coffee roaster to supply the restaurant in Galva. There are also plans for catering down the road.
Every customer that pays their bill asks Hoard or her staff how it’s going so far and thanks them for opening the restaurant.
“We’ve been non-stop busy but the support has just been incredible,” Hoard said.
Hours for Hwy. 56 Family Restaurant are Mon.-Wed. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.