Teldy's Place, the place to eat

A new breakfast diner has opened its doors to Madison County, offering a family welcoming and affordable prices. The diner, Teldy's Place, located at 2881 Seneca Turnpike, Canastota, is owned and operated by Patricia Denney, a Canastota resident for more than 20 years. Denney's home is less than a few minutes up the road from her new establishment.

Having a good sense of the local appeal, Denney said she wanted to open a place where patrons will "enter as guests, leave as friends," according to Denney. As the welcoming words are posted on the wall on a decorative plaque, Denney said she wanted to keep a local business in a perfect area to get good products.

"You can get fresh fruit rather than ordering out of state," Denney said.

She said that she is working to keep all menu items fresh and local to promote local markets and produce stands. When Denney was 17 years old she began waitressing at the Moose Club, but after it closed she continued to work different restaurant jobs all her life because she loved the atmosphere.

Denney's mother Judy Williamson has also been in the restaurant business in different capacities for most of her life.

{Q}"I have always wanted to run my own business," Denney said. "This was a part of mama's dream too."{Q}

Most of the family helped Denney get the restaurant going including Williamson that made floral centerpieces for each table and Denney's husband Kenneth who looks over some of the managerial aspects to see that everything is done by the book.

Denney has plans to stay in the area for some time to come as she has three children and seven grandchildren living in Sherrill, Chittenango and Canastota. Teldy's Place hosted its grand opening Monday Aug. 17 and plans to be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week for a couple weeks to see which days are slow to decide on a five-day permanent schedule.

The restaurant has gift certificates available, caters to special dietary issues and diabetic restrictions. There is a regular menu that has omelets, pie, egg and potato salad, and also a kids' and senior citizen menu.

Denney said she welcomes all community members to stop by, enjoy as many cups of coffee as they want and try out a friendly local place to eat.

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