WALLINGFORD — Center Street Luncheonette’s customers can expect to see a couple of new faces behind the counter.
New owners Brianna and Diego Jadan have always had the goal of owning a restaurant after working in the industry for so long. When former owner Amy Fortin put the restaurant up for sale, the timing was perfect.
The Jadans officially took over running the 18 Center St. eatery last week.
“We have worked in the industry. Between me and him combined, we have 20 years of experience,” Brianna Jadan said. “Eight years for myself and 12 for my husband.”
The Litchfield County natives and East Haven residents look forward to meeting the restaurant’s regular and new customers and being a part of the Wallingford community.
“We enjoy being able to interact with customers,” Brianna Jadan said. “We love being creative with the food. We love being a part of whatever community we decide to settle in.”
Former owner Amy Fortin is retiring to Florida to be with her family. Fortin opened the restaurant in 2013.
From mid October to mid November, Fortin taught the Jadans the ins and outs of their new venture. Wednesday, Nov. 11 was the first official day the couple took over the restaurant.
“Amy made everything as smooth as possible,” Brianna Jadan said. “The customers were in such open arms, so were the employees, since we kept the staff the same.”
Longtime customer, Bruce Franklin of Hamden has been going to the restaurant since Fortin opened when Franklin lived in Wallingford.
“I think it’s great she can venture out into a new chapter in her life,” he said about Fortin’s retirement.
Erin Reig, the owner of AJ Canelli Jewelers next door, and Fortin’s sister said she is thrilled for the young couple to take over the restaurant.
Even though the owners of the breakfast and lunch restaurant have changed, the Jadans don’t plan to change much about the restaurant. Along with the same staff, the menu will also stay the same.
Brianna Jadan said there are a few things that she does want to implement in the restaurant.
“The long-term goal is that we are going to open on Tuesdays, which would mean we are open seven days a week,” Jadan said. “We are open to possibly even adding delivery if we have enough customer base to do so.”
Center Street Luncheonette is open 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday and Saturday and Monday and Wednesday-Friday 6 a.m.-2 p.m.