Dining With Denise Neil

Old Mill Tasty Shop opening for weekend dinner

She’s been mulling it over for a while, and Old Mill Tasty Shop owner Mary Wright has finally decided that there’s no time like the present to extend her weekend hours to include dinner.

Starting this weekend, she’ll keep the restaurant at 604 E. Douglas open until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

She’s hoping to attract crowds with her summer-friendly soda fountain and ice cream offerings. She also wants to help increase foot traffic downtown but says dining options are mostly bar-ish. She’ll offer a place for families to go.

Friday nights will be mashed potato nights, meaning Wright and staff will create some type of entree that’ll have mashed potatoes on the side. On Saturday nights, she’ll have a Southwestern specialty.

Wright plans to continue the later weekend hours through late August or early September.