Billy Doc’s Diner, a neighborhood gathering place for breakfast and lunch since January of 2005, has a new owner tonight. Bill Dougherty, who took a chance on purchasing a vacant building at H & Lycoming Streets in Juniata to start a restaurant 17 years ago, has sold the building and his thriving business.
Business has fared well through the COVID-19 pandemic, although it took a lot of work to make that happen. Dougherty said that despite indoor dining being closed down and restricted for the past year, it maintained 80% of the normal business activity. A big chunk of that was due to very long hours of preparing catering trays for families, numerous businesses, and organizations from around the city that have long-enjoyed the food he prepares.
Those long hours take a toll, as anyone can imagine. Early mornings to prepare for a 6:00 am opening, and long nights preparing trays of roast beef, roast pork, roast turkey, meatballs, hot wings, chicken parmesan, penne pasta with chicken, along with so much more takes a lot of energy. When a broker approached him with an interested buyer, he figured that he’d entertain it.
The right price was struck, and the deal was completed on Wednesday afternoon April 14th. Dougherty said that for now he’ll still be working in the diner to assist the new owners for awhile, and then he wants to take a little time off before getting back into another career.
The new owner is Pat Kim, and the name will remain “Billy Doc’s Diner.”
Billy Doc’s Diner was such an immediate hit in Juniata, that in 2013 The Juniata Action Committee named it a “Juniata Treasure” — one of just eight “Treasures” featured in the Juniata News and at http://www.juniatatreasure.com — following is the feature:
The Juniata Action Committee is pleased to recognize BILLY DOC’S DINER in our on-going series featuring Treasures in Juniata.
Billy Doc’s Diner began through a simple cause — One man’s desire to get a great meal at a reasonable price. Owner, Bill Dougherty, a graduate of Northeast Catholic, was driving through the area and realized that at one end of Juniata, there was no place to grab a bite to eat. He found a sleepy little corner with a vacant property in 2004, and after a 9-month renovation, opened the attractive and comfortable Billy Doc’s Diner in January of 2005. Now, that corner is always bustling with hungry residents and business people coming for breakfast and lunch.
Billy Doc’s is a destination for many police officers from the 24th and 25th Districts, as well as utility workers from PECO and PGW. Popular favorites include the delicious Chicken Salad, and Turkey Club Sandwiches. The restaurant cooks their own turkeys, and you get a nice 1/2 lb. of meat on the Club Sandwich!!
Breakfast is a must-experience at Billy Doc’s as well. It’s served 6 am until 11 am on weekdays, and all day (7am-2pm) on weekends. Their Hungry Man special (2 eggs, home fries, 2 pancakes, 2 bacon, 2 sausage and coffee) is a big favorite.
If you’ve tasted a delicious hoagie from Little Flower High School’s annual Hoagie Run over the past few years, it came from Billy Doc’s!
Billy Doc’s also offers catering with a menu including Roast Beef, Wings, Meatballs and more. They’re always busy for Communions, Graduations and Birthday Parties. Stop in today to find out why everyone loves Billy Doc’s Diner. There’s plenty of tables and a breakfast/lunch counter to enjoy your meal!