One week after closing, A-Town Diner opens under new ownership

ATASCADERO — On Saturday, Sept. 3, Atascadero staple A-Town Diner officially closed its doors, but it wasn’t for good. Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 10, A-Town Diner will open its doors (at 7 a.m.) once again under new ownership.

Robert and Melinda Davis have been busy fast-tracking getting the diner back open after taking over ownership from Jeanie Dagnall. They’ve spent the last eight days making sure everything is ready and above board for their grand re-opening on Sept. 10.

“All the employees have been down here every single day. We’ve been cleaning, and we’ve been making sure we have all of our supplies together,” said new owner Melinda (Mimi) Davis. “It’s [just] been a whirlwind. Everything, so that we can get open tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.”


A-Town Diner’s new hours of operation will be 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Davis went on to say that she and Robert have hopes of being able to add back in dinners come spring of 2023. 

“Jeanie Dagnall [the original owner] is still involved as much as she wants to be,” Mimi Davis said. “She’s taken some time off to recoup, and she wants everyone to know how much she appreciates their support. And I want everyone to know how much I appreciate their support, and we can’t wait for the opening and to see all of our friends again.”