Brittany’s Diner turns eleven
Edwards and Co. still serving up homestyle food after more than a decade in business
“If you’re looking for homestyle cooking and atmosphere, this is the place to go,” said Brittany Edwards, owner and head cook. “Everything is homemade here. Our meat sauce, our sausage and gravy. All of our salads–the mac salad, the potato salad. They’re all made here and everything is homestyle.”
From French Toast, omelets and garlic home fries for breakfast, subs and hot dogs for lunch, to seafood platters, pizza and wings and more for dinner–Brittany’s has something on the menu for everyone, and it’s all served with a friendly smile just about every day of the year.
“We always want to make people happy,” Edwards said. “If it’s not possible, we always try to find a way to make it possible.”
Brittany’s Diner is located in the town of Ephratah at the junction of routes 67 and 10. As one of only a few places to get food in the area–and being the only general store stop within an eight mile radius–the diner’s clientele extends to a wide portion of the sparsely populated areas of Fulton and Montgomery counties, with many customers travelling 10 miles or more for a meal at Brittany’s.
“We get a lot of people from Ephratah, but we get more from the surrounding areas, like Stone Arabia and St. Johnsville,” Edwards said. “They’ve been our main customers. But we also get a lot of workers, tractor trailers, people on bikes, a lot of campers because of Royal Mountain campsites and Caroga Lake. We get a lot from that surrounding area. A lot of regulars. They definitely help keep the doors open.”
Edwards decided to open the diner in 2007 while pursuing a bachelors degree at the College of Saint Rose. Her father, Kevin Edwards, who now runs the diner with his daughter, has owned the building for 28 years. After leasing the space to several tenants who tried and failed to create a successful business in the location, Kevin Edwards suggested that Brittany try her hand–a suggestion which 11 years later, seems to have worked out.
The success of Brittany’s Diner, according to Brittany lies with her father, who she calls “the glue” of the establishment.
“He’s definitely the heart of the place,” Edwards said.
When asked what the most rewarding part of owning the diner is, Edwards said its spending time with her dad.
“Him and I are a great team. The winters here are hard and him and I battle. But it’s nice to have a relationship and be able to have a business as well,” Brittany said.
In addition to the father-daughter team, two of Brittany’s brothers–Brandon and Benjamin–also work at the diner, with her brother Brandon running the diner in the evenings. With the help of her family and her hard working employees, Brittany’s Diner is able to stand the test of time, even through the long, cold winters, which Edwards said are the most challenging part of running the business.
“Winters are difficult. It’s hard to keep the doors open in the winter season because you don’t get all those campers, you don’t get all those people on bikes. When it’s really bad out side, you’re not going to get the people that are going to come from 10 miles away,” Brittany said.
Nevertheless, Brittany’s Diner has continued to thrive.
Brittany completed her degree and even went on to earn a master’s degree in education. But for now, and for the forseeable future, the diner has taken precedence for Edwards.
“We put our heart and soul into the place every week,” Brittany said. “We haven’t been here for 11 years because we’re lazy, that’s for sure.”