Niagara Gazette —
Brantigan doesn’t want to be known exclusively for her non-gluten menu items, but she is very proud that her customers can’t seem to tell the difference between the menu items with gluten and those without.
Beyond the menu, Brantigan’s diner stands out for another reason. The face of her other son, John, is one of two painted on a wall between the kitchen and the dining area. Seven years ago he drowned in the gorge and she wanted to honor his memory. Next to her son’s face on the mural is Brian’s friend from Niagara Catholic High School, Kristina Feane, who passed away from cancer last May at age 18. When the mural is complete, Brantigan plans to honor the two young people by raising scholarship money to put at least one student through Niagara Catholic each year.
Brantigan is looking to build her customer base and hopes to attract more neighborhood traffic to her cafe in the Econolodge now that tourist season is over. Her dream is so strong that she’s looking for a full time job to tide her over financially until the tourists return — she has hundreds of comments written on her wall from the satisfied customers who have visited since April. “I know it’s going to flourish,” she said of her bakery and cafe. “I just have to give it time. I’ve made it this far.”
The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to noon on Monday and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday; It is also open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
The menu includes soups, salads, chili, assorted subs, wings, and a daily special that is also noted on a billboard outside the restaurant. “We never know what the daily special will be,” Brantigan said. “It’s always a surprise to us.”