Ya just can’t keep a retro, nostalgia-inducing institution like D. Nalley’s down. After a long, multi-decade run, the little diner that time forgot closed, then was to be revived as a BBQ place (an idea that fizzled) and then was opened briefly in its former identity as a diner, but failed to find traction after a few months. Now, the classic site at 970 S. Third St. in Old Louisville is being readied to reopen again as a diner.
Gibin George, once a partner in the Twig & Leaf restaurant at 2122 Bardstown Rd., is planning open D.Nalley’s again in mid-October, after some updating, including a paint job to the exterior.
The Nalley family which operated the restaurant for most of its life still owns the building and the parking lot behind. George is leasing the property, and plans to keep the name. The new incarnation of the business will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday, with tentative hours 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday hours will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
According to a story in the Courier-Journal, George said he hopes to offer rotating “ethnic specials,” such as an Italian day or a Spanish day, featuring appropriate ethnic dishes on those days. The standard menu will offer traditional American diner fare, at appropriately moderate prices, he said.