Werner's luncheonette reopened Monday. "The day's finally here," said owner John Smoudianis. At 9:30 a.m., the restaurant's staff was waiting for customers. A few had dropped by for breakfast, Smoudianis said.
The new Werner's offers patrons separate breakfast and lunch menus. On the breakfast menu are eggs any style ($4.25) with ham, sausage or scrapple (add $2.25); corned beef hash with two eggs ($7.50), omelets ($5.95-$11.95), breakfast sandwiches; and, from the griddle, pancake stacks, French toast, silver dollar pancakes and Monte Cristo. Specials include eggs Benedict ($8.50), French toast stuffed with cream cheese and topped with fruit and the "2 x 4" -- pancakes, two eggs served with ham, bacon or sausage and home fries.
The lunch menu includes starters like Buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks and chicken tenders; a dozen sandwiches, ranging from $4.25 for a grilled cheese to $9.75 for sliced London broil; sub salads and Greek specialties like gyros, souvlaki and spanakopita.
There are only a few concessions to the old Werner's menu of mid-century luncheonette items -- french fries with gravy, a "patty melt" (eight-ounce hamburger on rye with sauteed onions and American cheese) and, from the fountain, milk shakes, root beer floats and New York-style egg creams.
The Redwood Street luncheonette was a gathering spot for politicians and lawyers and a favorite of movie and television location scouts. Werner’s (231 E. Redwood St., 443-842-7430) is open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays starting at 6 a.m.
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