A fresh new look is coming to the Dog ‘n’ Suds family diner in Williams Lake — a memory wall is being painted in the parking area.
Owner Natalie Anderson said the new mural, painted by Randall Williams, will be a way to say thank you and remember friends and patrons who have passed away.
Also new at the 1950s-style family diner is an Ideal Protein menu, created to present customers with more options.
Anderson said it was something she has found beneficial for herself, and wanted to share it with diner patrons.
“I’m all about eating healthy myself and I want people to have choices,” Anderson said. “It’s gone very well — it really took off.”
The new special menu features quality meats, salads and veggies, with protein options that include salmon, chicken, shrimp and steak.
“It’s important to be responsive to my customers’ needs,” she said.
The new menu offers more choices for people with things like diabetes and high blood pressure.
“You keep doing what people love, and you bring in new things to keep it fresh,” Anderson said.
Dog ‘n’ Suds has been open since 1967, and Anderson said the first owner was recently in the restaurant and said he loved the interior renovations.
“Feedback from both locals and travellers has been great, and we have a lot of repeat customers,” Anderson continued.
“One thing we hear is that people are in awe — they think we should be in a big city. They like the good food, unique décor and great service.”
She said that as a local business, supporting the community is very important.
The restaurant supports things like the Child Development Centre, the Cancer Society, local hockey, Ducks Unlimited and local schools.
With the changes at the restaurant, some things have not changed over the years, according to Anderson.
“Everyone feels like family here — customers and staff alike,” she explained. “We’re not always perfect, but we try our best, and have always had good rapport. We have a lot of customers who ate here as kids, and now they bring their own children. A lot of our staff have kids working here — at Dog ‘n’ Suds it’s always been about family.”
Dog ‘n’ Suds is located at 1172 Broadway Ave. S, for more information about their hours and their menu, phone 250-392-6161.