A 14-year-old Louisville restaurant is getting revamped into something Main Street doesn’t offer: a 1950-style diner.
B.O.B.S. Diner, formerly B.O.B.S. Sandwich Shop, in the Marketplace building, 820 Main St., has been closed for about five weeks, and Bob Thiele’s customers miss him, he said.
“Daily, I see people downtown and they say, “We miss B.O.B.S., we miss your sandwiches, we miss your burritos,’” he said. “I’m very optimistic people will come back and bring more (customers).”
Thiele said he will add an evening menu including home-style comfort food with items such as meat loaf and mashed potatoes, pot roast and chicken pot pie, in addition to the breakfast and lunch menus he offered before the remodel.
These menus will change slightly, keeping the more popular items and replacing other dishes with new recipes.
Thiele said he will also offer diner-style desserts such as shakes and banana splits.
“All the bars and restaurants down here are fine but I really don’t feel there’s a great place to cater to families and kids,” he said.
Thiele also will change the diner’s space and hopes to move the kitchen hood back to create a dining room — before he closed, space only permitted four tables up front with a narrow walkway next to the front counter.
Thiele said he and the building’s owners, Andrew and Taree Muller, have discussed “sprucing up” B.O.B.S., and following a swamp cooler leak which caused some water damage to the roof, flooring and drywall, they decided it was time to give the diner a facelift.
The Muller’s son, Patrick Walsh, owner of neighboring Bittersweet Cafe and Confections, said he thinks the remodel will help increase exposure for the entire walking mall.
“I think it’s going to be a great benefit to the building,” Walsh said. “(Thiele) draws a little different crowd than my cafe would, so having him there with a newly remodeled space will only be a benefit.”
Walsh said the remodel is just part of an overhaul the entire building will see.
Walsh said he sometimes became frustrated when long-time residents weren’t aware that Main Street had so many shops in what he calls a “sleepy little building.”
He and the Mullers, who have owned the property for about six years, Walsh said, have been trying to revitalize the Marketplace.
Following B.O.B.S.’ remodel, Walsh said they might rework the building’s facade and entrance, opening up the front windows that line the diner and Bittersweet Gallery.
While Walsh’s goal is to have B.O.B.S. back in business in about six weeks, Thiele thinks the diner will open in about eight to 10 weeks.
The project has come to a halt due to a change in contractors, so once they get bids back, finalize design plans, and get city permits, the remodel can commence.
“We’re excited. We hope things get moving along and we get open,” Thiele said.
By Kimberli Turner
Colorado Hometown Weekly