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Delaney’s: Family Atmosphere

January 29, 2014 by City Clerk  
Filed under From the Mayor's Desk, Uncategorized

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The atmosphere at Delaney’s gives a nod to the past in more ways than one. Oldies singers croon from the speakers. A long counter with swivel stools welcomes tired folks for a coffee or a beer. Friendly waitresses tend to tables with fast service. And most of all, customers enjoy hearty, flavorful food.

Delaney’s Family Restaurant has been open since 1992.

But it began in the mind of a small boy well before that.

“I always had the ambition of having my own business, even as a youngster,” Tim Delaney, who owns the restaurant with his wife and operates it alongside his younger brother Marc, explains.

“When I was only 6- and 7-years-old, my grandmother worked as a waitress at a tavern in Dalzell. My grandfather would take me there.”

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Tim Delaney (left) owns Delaney's Family Restaurant with his wife and operates it with his younger brother, Marc (right). Tim says he's wanted to own a restaurant since he was just a young boy.

It was in that old tavern that Tim decided he wanted to have his own restaurant someday.

“It was just a fun atmosphere,” Tim says. “And that’s what I first began to enjoy about it, the atmosphere. People came in and were having fun and there was a lot of excitement.

“I knew I wanted to have a restaurant.

“And all that came to be.”

What came to be was a cool, quick place for summer state park goers to refuel after a long day of hiking.

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A cozy, warm place for winter travelers fresh off the interstate.

And a meeting place for local friends and family year round.

In short, Tim’s emphasis on atmosphere continues.

“I think it says it all in the name–we’re a family restaurant,” he says. “This is kid-friendly, casual dining.”

“I’ve always viewed it as entertaining people. When you go out to eat, it’s a form of entertainment. This is a place for people to come in, relax, unwind and forget about their day. We want to make them feel comfortable.”

The atmosphere at Delaney’s gives a nod to the past in more ways than one.

Oldies singers croon from the speakers. A long counter with swivel stools welcomes tired folks for a coffee or a beer. Friendly waitresses tend to tables with fast service.

And most of all, customers enjoy hearty, flavorful food.

Delaney’s boasts the area’s only buffet. It steams with hot food seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Special summer nights bring a seafood buffet, complete with crab legs. Be sure to save room for homemade pies and other desserts!

Delaney’s boasts the area’s only buffet. It steams with hot food seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Special summer nights bring a seafood buffet, complete with crab legs. Be sure to save room for homemade pies and other desserts!

Delaney’s boasts the area’s only buffet. It steams with hot food seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Special summer nights bring a seafood buffet, complete with crab legs. Be sure to save room for homemade pies and other desserts!

On weekends and holidays, a breakfast buffet is stocked with all the basic breakfast fixins–eggs, bacon, sausage, cinnamon French toast, hash brown, sausage gravy and biscuits, fresh fruits, bakery items, you name it!–as well as made-to-order pancakes and fruit-filled waffles topped with real whipped cream.

The large menu offers breakfast all day and a wide selection of other delicious dishes, from roast beef and burgers to shrimp platters and spinach salads. Among its most popular dishes is Delaney’s fried chicken–made from an old recipe from the tavern at which Tim’s grandmother worked, where it all began.

In fact, in many ways, Delaney’s is a mosaic of Tim’s past.

“Everything that I’ve done in my life is probably incorporated somehow into the restaurant.”

(Photos by James Krancic, Vermillion River Photography.)