LA Diner in Melksham’s Market Place has been taken over by a mother and daughter duo who hope to make it a community space for all.
Samantha Taylor and Jessica Wood took over the LA Diner in September.
Jessica Wood told Melksham News, “We have always wanted our own cafe. We used to have a catering festival stall together serving paninis but we have always been looking for the right premises to open our own cafe and then the LA Diner came along!
“We both have been carers for over 14 years, and this is a massive change. We struggled at first, like anyone trying something new does, it is completely out of our comfort zone – like a fish out of water! But we are settled in now and have met lots of lovely people.
“We are hoping to introduce a few changes to the diner including a new menu – introducing the LA Burger as well as some home cooked options and roast dinners on Sundays. We are also offering OAP meals at lower prices during the week.
“As caring is so close to our hearts, we are also offering a free tea or coffee for carers on shift. We know things are hard in the profession so come to us with your service user, show your ID badge and enjoy a hot drink!
“The diner will also be available as a hobby cafe, to encourage those who knit, crochet or other crafting hobbies to get out of the house and meet others who have shared interests. We are also looking to hire out the diner for both children’s and adults’ birthday parties.
“There will be meal deals throughout the week including ‘Fish Friday’ and ‘Pie and Mash Monday,’ with the idea to open one evening for ‘Steak Night’.
“It’s all about introducing ourselves to the local community and becoming a community space. Perhaps even singles nights or speed dating events; we have lots of ideas for the diner.
“This includes a Christmas wreath making workshop in the evening as mum has a background in floristry – this will be advertised soon but it will happen at the start of December.
“Overall, we just want to welcome everyone to the new LA Diner and hope to see you all soon.”
LA Diner is open 9am-4pm every day serving hot and cold food including breakfasts and lunch items.
For more information visit their Facebook page by searching ‘LA Diner Melksham’ or call them on 01225 975167.
Picture: Kayleigh Price employee at LA Diner with owners Samantha Taylor and Jessica Wood.