April 10, 2013 — A love of family, history and food inspired Dave and Judy Bowling to open their new restaurant, Dave and Judy’s Diner on US 60 east at the base of Poppy Mountain.
“He always wanted a business like this and at first I tried to talk him out of it, but he didn’t listen,” said Judy, laughing.
“I was born and raised in the area and raised my family here so I always wanted to have a family-friendly business and give back to the community,” said Dave.
The couple has been married for 28 years and brought different talents to create the new eatery.
Judy has managed the Kroger deli for 34 years. Dave has worked at Kentucky Electric in Ashland but has been an antique collector all his life.
They based the menu on foods they, their family and their employees like to eat. Large amounts of the menu are homemade and are Judy’s creations.
“I guess I’m a pretty decent cook. I learned from my mom who cooked for all of her children and all of our friends,” said Judy.
“Decent cook, she is a wonderful cook…I mean look at me,” said Dave, jokingly.
Some of their special dishes include barbecue ribs, fried banana peppers (made a little differently), baked chicken alfredo, apple dumplings, and breakfast specials all day.
The diner is decorated with local history and includes “The Showroom” which displays vintage cars, appliances, newspaper clippings and a phone booth from the 1950s.
“I’ve been fooling with this kind of stuff all my life, they just made things better back then,” said Dave.
“I’m not as interested in antiques as he is but he knew right away that was how he wanted the restaurant to look and did most of the decorating himself,” said Judy.