Derby House Diner to open in late April

The restaurant plans a new twist on classic diner fare.

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Derby House Diner, the former Derby on Park restaurant at 1068 Park St. in Five Points, hired executive chef Dustin Wigglesworth to create a classic diner menu with a twist.

Wigglesworth, former chef de cuisine at The Candy Apple Cafe, is working with Derby House Diner co-owners Chad Munsey and Michael Schmidt to offer what they call affordable diner food.

Schmidt said the “twist” involves “healthy, thoughtful options.”

Wigglesworth is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a degree in culinary arts and food service management.

The restaurant opened in the 1940s and the owners plan to return “it back to a diner as it was for the past 60 years,” Schmidt said.

Munsey and Schmidt also own The Bearded Pig restaurant in San Marco and the Rec Room bar and arcade, also in Five Points.

The Derby House Diner menu will include BLT and Reuben sandwiches, fried chicken and meatloaf. The owners also plan to bring back the “classic Derby salad,” described as a simple chopped salad.

The Derby House Diner will have a full bar.

Schmidt said they plan to hire 25 to 40 full- and part-time employees.

The restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner, with brunch served on weekends.

Hours are anticipated to be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m. to late on Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for brunch Saturday and Sunday followed by the regular menu until late on Saturday and 10 p.m. Sunday.