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Nifty’s Restaurant Serves The Community With A Smile BY VIRGINIA STILL vstill@oakdaleleader.com

Working for over 40 years at a diner in Riverbank called Nifty’s Restaurant and making the move from waitress to owner, Linda Mitchell has seen a lot of change in the food service industry and has met several people she calls her family. Nifty’s opened in 1945 and Bill and Betty Mitchell purchased the restaurant in 1976. When Linda was in high school she would work at Nifty’s after school. She started out waitressing when they used to have car hops. The menus were displayed all around the outside of the building. The cars would pull up and turn their headlights on to request service and a waitress

would go to their car and take their order. Then the driver would turn the headlights off and when they were ready to pay their bill they would turn them back on and the waitress would come out and take their money. “I enjoy the indoor service and the upgraded dining room with tables,� Linda explained of serving customers. “It is more personal when you wait on a table. You really get to know them.� Taking a cruise down memory lane, Linda shared stories of serving a packed restaurant and meeting people from all over the area that would dine at Nifty’s. Back in the early days, the restaurant was open from 4:15 a.m. to 11 p.m. “The clubhouse here in

Riverbank is where Johnny Cash got started and Merle Haggard,� added Linda. “There was an old clubhouse next to the post office but it is gone now.� Feeling that this industry has been dominated by women, Linda has seen more men enter the food service industry in recent years and has had one young man do the job that she states was really outstanding. “I was really proud of him,� expressed Linda. “I love opening up in the morning with everybody coming over for coffee. That is one of my favorite moments.� Currently the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. seven days nifty’s Page 22

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Nifty’s Restaurant owner Linda Mitchell has been serving customers for several years, some preferring a seat at the traditional diner counter. Photo By Virginia Still

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