PITTSBURG — The Lord’s Diner is gearing up to serve its first meal this weekend.
As of Sunday, the Lord’s Diner will be open every day, serving a free meal from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Director Matt O’Malley said he is ready to get started.
“I’m half excited, half terrified,” O’Malley said. “I’m very excited to be doing what we set out to do.”
The Pittsburg location is the fifth for The Lord’s Diner, which has been operating in Wichita for 14 years.
The Diocese of Wichita and local donations allowed the Lord's Diner to purchase the former Parrot Bey and and the adjacent Corner Bistro buildings in May. The city also provided a $130,000 loan.
O’Malley said he expects between 200 and 250 guests on Sunday, but that is is hard to estimate.
“Whenever a new restaurant opens they’re always slammed,” O’Malley said. “But with us it’s a little different so it’s hard to know if we’ll be really busy.”
He expressed slight concern over the weather forecast for the weekend, but said The Lord’s Diner would still be open.
“The location in Wichita hasn’t missed a meal for 14 years,” O’Malley said. “If there is a flood or sheet of ice people are still hungry, so if they can get here we’ll be open.”
The first volunteer group to serve at The Lord’s Diner will be the City of Pittsburg, which O’Malley said is a happy coincidence.
“I like the idea of having the powers of Pittsburg there to serve our first meal,” he said.
The diner had been scheduled to open in December, but was pushed back. However, O’Malley said the volunteers are ready, the food is delivered, and the Lord’s Diner will serve its first meal Sunday.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.