Lori Jones, owner of Morning Lori Diner and Bakery in Stanton, is taking her customers around the world one dish at a time.
Jones is always looking for ways to liven the atmosphere at her business, which is located on the ground floor of Hotel Montcalm on the corner of Main Street and Camburn Street in downtown Stanton.
“This time of year I get tired of serving beef and noodles, soups and stews,” Jones said. “I wanted a way to break up the winter and get people to try something out of the ordinary.”
To help curb wintertime monotony, Jones is stirring up a tasty cultural sampler from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday evening
Morning Lori Diner and Bakery celebrated its two-year anniversary in January. The business takes pride in providing home-cooked meals made from scratch, said Jones.
“I grew up cooking,” said Jones. “My mother collected cook books…my aunts, my grandparents…I have so many cookbooks and magazines that I could never get through them all.”
Last month’s recipe selections created the ambiance of a café in the Mediterranean with the Greek sampler – pita chips and hummus, a gyro sandwich and a marinated salad of tomato, black and green olives, red pepper, onion, cucumbers and feta cheese.
“Our Greek night was our biggest Thursday crowd, yet,” Jones said. “Customers get a lot of food for less than $10. Each sampler includes an appetizer, salad, at least one main course and a dessert.”
Jones has served Indian, German and Cuban cuisine samplers, as well.
This Thursday is Hawaiian night. So, put on your flashy Aloha shirts, grass skirts and coconut bras and hula on down for a delicious Polynesian treat.
The cultural menu will continue every Thursday through Memorial Day.
After Memorial Day, Jones will switch gears and go into her summer mode of outdoor music and dancing.
Music in the Street will be held every Thursday evening next to MLDB on Camburn Street again this year. A genre of popular bands will provide entertainment from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
“I’ve learned which ones (bands) bring in the crowds,” said Jones. “I’ll probably stick to mostly bluegrass, country and classic rock bands. We serve ice cream and customers eat their meals outside, which makes it very nice.”
Morning Lori Diner and Bakery is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Customers are invited to sit down amongst the old-fashioned charm of the building’s 19th-century decor or place a takeout order.
A culinary arts student and a student apprentice from Central Montcalm High School create delicious pies, cookies and pastries. These bakery items are on display with specialty cakes and other treats available by special order.
“Our bakery makes a lot of special-order cakes,” Jones said. “Look at my Facebook page for an album of all the different cakes we offer and our daily meal specials.”