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Doo-Dah Diner will be closed for renovation most of the week

Doo-Dah Diner chef and owner Patrick Shibley with workers in his restaurant on Monday morning. The diner is undergoing a major kitchen renovation that will keep it closed most of the week.
Doo-Dah Diner chef and owner Patrick Shibley with workers in his restaurant on Monday morning. The diner is undergoing a major kitchen renovation that will keep it closed most of the week. Timirie Shibley

Doo-Dah will be Doo-Dah-free for most of this week – if not all of it.

The popular Doo-Dah Diner at 206 E. Kellogg will be closed until at least Friday as owners Patrick and Timirie Shibley begin a major renovation to the kitchen that will result in a new 20-foot hood (replacing the outdated 12-foot hood) that will make the diner less smoky and better vented.

Patrick Shibley, the restaurant’s chef and main hood beneficiary, is confident the work will be done in time to reopen on Friday. Front-of-the-house manager Timirie thinks it could take longer but says she’ll update the progress on the diner’s Facebook page so customers know when it’s safe to return.

Also, the diner has decided to make its once-a-month buffet a once-a-week event. Most customers say they like the Sunday brunch buffet, Timirie said. It costs $19.99 for adults and $9.99 for ages 4 to 10 and offers diners a taste of all the diner’s signature dishes, including crab cakes Benny, pork belly and grits, breakfast burritos, steak and eggs and more. The buffet also has cut down on the diner’s notorious long wait times, Shibley said. The regular menu won’t be served on Sundays.

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