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Manlius: Kingsley's features family fare

Kingsley's Family Diner has been around for years, but Owner Rick Fritcher says it's still the best kept secret in town.

Located in the Manlius Mart, the diner is quietly tucked in the back corner of the plaza. Upon entry are typical restaurant booths and tables with a modest-sized lunch counter in the back. A large whiteboard hung on the wall displays a list of daily specials.

"I was here for six months before anyone knew I bought [the diner]," Fritcher said. He's been the owner now for 12 years. Fritcher worked at the diner with the previous owner for five years prior to buying the outfit.

"The opportunity came up and I said 'OK,'" Fritcher said. He kept the name the same.

Employed with Fritcher are his father Richard and 16-year-old daughter Andrea.

Working with his family, having fun and joking around is what [Rick] enjoys most about owning his own place.

"And 2 p.m. is quitting time," Andrea said.

Rick is also grateful to all his customers. "I didn't know I knew that many people," he said.

Weekends are the busiest time of the week, with corned beef hash and eggs benedict being the most popular breakfast choices.

The diner also offers homemade soups, desserts and take-out for those on the run.

Hours of operation:

Mon: closed

Tues. through Sat.: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sun.: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location:

Manlius Mart (315 Fayette St.)

Phone:

682-6294

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