Once upon a time, Earl and Flora Handy decided to open a diner, called Handy’s Lunch. As you can imagine, back in 1945 when we opened, the diner was not quite the Handy’s you have come to know and love today. As well as serving breakfast and lunch, my grandparents also sold groceries and lived next door.
In 1958, while my grandparents were on vacation, my father, Robert E. Handy decided he would remove the grocery store section and put in a horseshoe counter, which is still there today. My grandparents were obviously not pleased.
In 1996, my beloved father passed away and the third generation (me) began its own legacy. Although I have made many changes, one thing remains the same…no, not just the great food and low prices…we continue to be a safe haven for all Yankee fans!
While Handy’s Lunch has always been a local favorite, in 2017, we were featured nationally on the Cooking Channel “Cheap Eats”. The spotlight of our segment was our own creation known as the “Macho Man”, part reuben, part patty melt and 100% amazing.
Casey Webb, host of Man v. Food on the Travel Channel had to make a visit to Handy’s Lunch to try and take down our “Chuck Norris”. This monstrous sandwich features 5 pieces of french toast with Vermont maple syrup, 4 eggs with American cheese, bacon, ham, sausage, a burger AND corn beef. This 1lb sandwich is not for the faint of heart. Did Casey beat the Chuck Norris? Tune in the Travel channel or stop in to wage your own war against the Chuck Norris!
The fourth generation of Handy’s, my twins, Genevieve and Nicholas are off to a good start in the business. They both love eggs and my cooking! As you can see, Handy’s is truly a family restaurant and we look forward to serving you for another 75 years!
Earl A. Handy