Henry's Hoopla | Food + Drink Features | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Henry's Hoopla 

No more late nights at the downtown diner

Exactly 365 days after it switched to 24-hour service on weekends, Henry's Diner on Burlington's Bank Street abruptly pulled the plug on all-night eating. "We made it for one year," reports Naomi Maglaris, who co-owns the diner with husband Bill. Wee-hour business was just starting to break even, according to Naomi, and probably would have improved with warmer weather.

Then came Saturday, April 14.

That evening, the dishwasher didn't show up and a customer came in looking for a brawl. The result: a massive food fight that involved milkshake missiles and squished packets of jelly. To make matters worse, the staff members decided to close up shop two hours early - without getting in touch with the owners or cleaning up the mess. "They never should have done that without calling us," Naomi gripes, noting she and Bill fired the entire nighttime crew. "We were pretty upset."

What caused the nighthawks to go on the offensive? Bill says the Burlington Police Department was in the habit of sending an officer down to keep the peace between midnight and 4 a.m. Not that night.

Even with police presence, the long arm of the law hadn't prevented people from stealing the diner's gumball machine - even the art off the walls. "It was such weird hours. It was very difficult to find a crew," Bill explains. "We went through a couple sets of employees hoping they'd be better."

Bill is optimistic the night-shift clientele will still come in for regular meals. And he hasn't totally given up on the concept. "If we could develop a good strong crew to handle those hours," he promises, "we'd try to do it again."

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

More By This Author

About The Author

Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Bio:
Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a... more

Comments


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Latest in Category

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2020 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401  |  Contact Us
Website powered by Foundation