Have you always been a waitress here?
I started out as a dishwasher. Then I worked on the grill and the steam table, and I also worked carryout. When we had the big blizzard in 1978, I was a cashier then, and only two waitresses made it in. The owner said, Today, you’re a waitress. I was always afraid I’d dump stuff all over everybody. Shortly after, I started waitressing all the time.
Have you ever dumped stuff on someone?
A couple times. Nothing severe.
I assume a lot of your memories happened in this place.
The major things in my life have been here. I met my husband here. He was a dishwasher. We’ve been married 35 years now. He quit a long time ago—24/7 is not a good thing.
When did you get a menu special named after you?
Maybe 10 years ago? The Bonnie’s Bounty [two eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, and a biscuit with gravy] is actually a small version of what my family has for our brunches on the big holidays.
You get a lot of regulars—are you able to remember all of their names?
I try to, but I’ve never been real good at names. I’m better at remembering what you order. There are a lot of people I’ve known for 20 years—I don’t know their names, but I know what they eat.