Fischer is on the diamond.
Travis Fischer’s interest in having a restaurant at the diamond in Bellefonte predates the past few months. No, he looked at the area about two decades ago before a Dairy Queen franchisee swooped in and leased the space at 101 S. Allegheny St. before he could.
“They just beat us out by a few weeks,” Fischer said.
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Fast forward, and no one was going to beat him to the dotted line this time, even if there was work that needed to be done in the 1,300-square-foot space.
Fischer’s vision has been realized, and Fischer’s on the Diamond recently opened its doors.
His mother, Shirley Snyder, owns Mountain Valley Diner, the family’s restaurant in Wingate. They will work together to manage the restaurants and to get Fischer’s on the Diamond, a fast food joint that also offers homemade dishes and ice cream, off the ground and running.
“Because we are in the business district we designed things to get in and out quickly,” he said. “We will assist each other. We complement each other really well.”
Fischer opened the eatery quietly earlier this month to work out the kinks.
“I really didn’t do any advertising, except word of mouth,” Fischer said. “I wanted to make sure heating and air conditioning would work properly. I wanted to make sure the building was up to par and make sure our staff was well trained. Before I put anything out there and talked to any media, I wanted to make sure we could take on a big crowd.”
The restaurant seats up to 50 people.
Fischer has also planned a grand opening for 9 a.m Wednesday., an earlier than usual opening, for early comers. The grand opening will be complete with 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. live entertainment by Earl Hughes, known as Alaska’s ambassador of country music, giveaways and a 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting with the Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce.
The restaurant’s regular hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed Saturday and Sunday for party reservations.