Debbie Evans was born and raised in Oak Lane and has been working at the Oak Lane Diner for more than a decade. What has kept her coming back every day is the great connection she has with her customers and fellow servers. “I like it here, this is one of the diners that is easy to work for,” she said. “Some of the others are not as close-knit as this one, so that’s what has kept me here for 12 years.”
Oak Lane Diner feels close-knit to Evans because of more than just the atmosphere, though. Her mother has been working at the diner for more than 57 years. Over the years, customers have gotten attached to Debbie and her mother’s great service.
“If we don’t make it in one day, they worry about you. Are you alright? Were you sick? Hope you’re feeling better. They suggest doctors, pharmacies. So there are very close-knit, concerned people here,” Evans said.
But customers come to the Oak Lane Diner for more than just service. Evans recommends the eggs, grits and sausage platter. Even the Mayor and other politicians have dined at the long-time Philadelphia establishment. Although it may not look like the fanciest restaurant, you can enjoy good food, great service and a family environment at the Oak Lane Diner.