December 20, 2014

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Midway Diner to open soon in Elyria

The former TGIF’s restaurant across from Midway Mall is undergoing renovation and will re-open as the Midway Diner, now under renovation. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

The former TGIF’s restaurant across from Midway Mall is undergoing renovation and will re-open as the Midway Diner, now under renovation. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A diner is opening at the former T.G.I. Friday’s at 2040 Midway Blvd., near the Midway Mall.

The Midway Diner is expected to open in two or three weeks, according to owner Sam Darowich. Darowich said he is hiring about 40 people, including about 20 full-time jobs.

Darowich said his family has been in the restaurant business since about 1993 and owns diners in Grand River and Mentor in Lake County.

T.G.I. Friday’s closed in 2008, and Darowich acknowledged the restaurant business is competitive.

However, Darowich said he believes the diner — which will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week — will be profitable.

Darowich said he hopes to capitalize on family-style, homemade food made fresh daily.

“I think it will be good in this area,” he said.

Mark Bressler, Midway Mall general manager, said he was encouraged about the opening.

“We wish Sam all the best in the world,” Bressler said. “It’s always good to see new economic activity in Elyria.”

Anyone interested in applying for a job is asked to stop by the diner during business hours to fill out an application.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.