FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV) - DJ Rundle started DJ's 50s & 60s Diner almost 20 years ago with his parents. The diner was a fun way to pay tribute to his dad's love of classic cars.
The walls of the diner are lined with memorabilia from the two decades.
"Well my father had a lot of classic cars. He was in a car club and they had no place to hang out so he thought 'Hey, let's get a little diner going'," said Rundle.
He continued, "He had his 61 Corvette from when he was 16 and he just hung onto it."
The diner is decorated with 50s and 60s memorabilia and every Thursday when the weather's nice, DJ's hosts "car cruises".
"People just drive their cars up and they'll sit down and have a milkshake, and we'll have giveaways and prizes," Rundle explained.
Rundle's dad also has a DeLorean, the model of car from the movie 'Back to the Future'. The DeLorean is out front every Thursday for the car cruises.
Regular customers say they love the diner for the homemade food and great service.
"I come here because it's close to home and the food is good," said customer Nick Fantasia.
Another customer, Wade Linger, comes to the diner frequently.
"I usually get the Buddy Holly Salad, it's a salad with chicken. I like to come here for the good food and good company," Linger said.
While the diner has old favorites like french toast and bacon for breakfast, and cheesburgers and crinkle cut fries for lunch, some of the most popular menu items are recipes handed down from Rundle's grandmother.
"We just make our food from scratch," Rundle said.
Those homemade dishes include the stuffed peppers and mashed potatoes with red gravy, and cabbage rolls.
DJ's is also known for their tasty desserts like pies, cakes, and hand-made milkshakes.
Rundle said one of the best things about his job is making people happy and hearing the memories that the diner brings back for customers.
"They [customers] go back in time when they're here; it's funny and enjoyable listening to their stories," said Rundle.