Lou's Diner is under new ownership after 19 years under the stewardship of Louise "Lou" Lauber and her husband, Jim. The couple have retired and Brian Genco and Julie Usyk have taken the reigns of leading the space into its fifth decade of breakfast and lunch service. The Lauber's have been helping out with the handover.
Located in the Alta Decatur Shopping Village, the restaurant first debuted in 1969 as Jo-Ells. Louise Lauber began working there in 1972, before eventually buying the diner in 1997 and re-branding it in her name.
A locals' favorite, with many patrons repeat guests for decades, the menu still features all day breakfast favorites including S.O.S. on Toast, lunch specials like chicken fried steak and catfish and a full roster of sandwiches including their Monte Cristo and beef dip.
Opening hours remain 5.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and a later start at 7 a.m. on Sunday.