SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, October 24, 2015 − Rosie Warner hasn’t lacked for business since she opened her diner in a nondescript strip mall here in 1984. Even without advertising or a web site, she has managed to command a loyal following of hungry patrons who come for her home-style cooking, friendly service and affordable prices.
Even after 30 years in business, many locals and tourists have never found their way to her door. Those that do will usually say something like, “I have heard about it but never been,” making it a pleasant surprise for those who try it for the first time. “Most of my customers are referrals,” says Rosie, who frequently has lines out the door waiting for an open table or counter in the 49-seat eatery.
Breakfast includes staples like bacon, eggs and fried potatoes along with good local conversation about the happenings in Sioux Falls. Lunch specials include turkey with stuffing, meat loaf beef stew, and liver & onions for a paltry $5.50. In what could almost be described as Depression-era prices, how about a tasty cheeseburger for $2.85 or a delicious piece of banana cream pie for $2.00?
There have been four generations of Rosie’s family involved in her business and she describes her overall experience as “wonderful.” Soon she will be turning operations over to her daughter Becky.
But thankfully, some things never change. In this case, the experience of having a meal just as you would if you were sitting in your mom’s kitchen most certainly will endure.
Rosie’s Diner, 2200 W Madison St., Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104. (605) 334-7928.