If you live in or near a Catskill town with a reliable, no-frills diner — the kind of place that makes omelets the way you like them and has a burger you can always depend on — count yourself lucky.
People in the Delaware County hamlet of Downsville have counted on the Downsville Diner since the late 1970s, and after owning the eatery for 15 years, Maureen Petersen decided to give them a little more room this fall. Construction is nearing completion on an “all-season room,” similar to a sunroom, which will add table seating space and improve accessibility.
There will also be lots more room for the creative holiday decorations the diner is known for, like a miniature village that appears at Christmas time. Spooky Halloween decor is all ready to go, Petersen said.
In the meantime, the diner is preparing for an influx of visitors participating in the annual Northeast Electric Aircraft Technology fair, a huge model airplane show that takes place this weekend at the Peaceful Valley campground nearby.
Dining options in Downsville are expanding. In addition to the diner and the Old Schoolhouse Inn & Restaurant, which have both stood the test of time, J & A’s Pizzeria just celebrated its one-year anniversary of serving pies, subs and other casual fare. The Colchester Pop-Up Market, which takes place in Pepacton Park, is going strong every second and fourth Saturday, selling local produce, baked goods and other Catskill-made products.
Find Downsville Diner at 18 Main St. in Downsville, and on Facebook. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.