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Aug 22, 2012 01:48 PM

New diner in Fairview Village

Following in the failed footsteps of Grecco's, Fat Freddie's Pizza, Benny's Bar-B-Que USA, Ava's and One Bite ( and that's just since 1998), the small, hard-to-access establishment at the crest of Germantown Pike has new tenants and is now hiring. I hope they can offer something really spectacular. The place seems to be cursed.

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  1. I wish them the best o' luck Chefpaulo, that spot is so hard to get out of with the Germantown Pike Traffic... had stopped there once when it was the pizza joint, with the kids... held my breath and floored it... (the pizza at Fat Freddie's was pretty good too, but no so much that I'd go back)

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    1. re: cgarner

      I wish them luck, too, CG, but you'd think they'd do a little history check for why there have been five failed business there in 12 years - of which its been intermittently vacant for five years.

      I think Benny's Bar-B-Que was doing very well until the one partner screwed the other two and skipped town with the dough. I liked their product and really wanted them to make it.

    2. I think you know how I feel about that location. Exactly what you think. It's a poor location. I'd love to see them be successful. I just don't think that's in the cards.

      1. Well, I finally had a breakfast at the new Fairview Diner and was not disappointed. The Grand Opening by its Middle Eastern owners is well advertised by a plethora of American flags circling the lot and up the entrance ramp. At 10:00 a.m. on a Monday morning, I was greeted by a hostess and seated in the renovated Ava's Place which has been made more homey. Even at the late hour, I counted 17 patrons in a space that may hold just 8 to 10 more. While the Hollandaise was not special, my Eggs Benedict were perfectly poached and the home fries with onions cooked to my liking. An unexpected and complementary side dish of fresh cut fruit accompanied my order. Service was friendly and attentive. The menu offers standard diner fare and all available substitutions listed with prices. The dessert menu stipulates that the ten cakes and six pies are made fresh daily on premises, as are the homemade soups (would prefer Swiss or Gruyere on the French onion, not Provolone). There's also a kid's menu. Prices are very reasonable.

        I really hope they can make a go of it as the location has been a challenge to all predecessors. And, as cgarner noted, exiting the lot is an act of faith if heading west on Germantown Pike. However, as a very convenient quick meal spot, I'll be back.

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        1. re: Chefpaulo

          Thanks for the review CP. I've been hesitant to try it - admittedly an unfair bias based on previous experiences at the location's predecessors. I'll give it a shot based on your experience.