Dianna's Deli opens new spot in Port Clinton

PORT CLINTON Lloyd Meikle, of Cleveland, is a big breakfast eater and considers deli sandwiches a mu
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

PORT CLINTON

Lloyd Meikle, of Cleveland, is a big breakfast eater and considers deli sandwiches a must.

For him, the only place that offers both is Dianna's Deli Restaurant in Port Clinton.

Dianna's, 2853 E. Harbor Road, is a 24-hour restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant opened April 16 and has been crowded ever since.

Meikle was enjoying a Russian, which has corned beef, Swiss cheese all on toasted rye, at Dianna's. He's been a patron of Dianna's restaurant in Cleveland for years and is excited to have one in Port Clinton.

"Quality is good," Meikle said. "It has been for many of my experience."

Bobby Gonos, owner of Dianna's Deli Restaurant, operates three other chain restaurants in Avon Lake, Cleveland and Sandusky. Gonos, who came to the United States from Greece in 1978, considers food a passion.

"My dream was to open my own restaurant," he said.

Gonos opened his first restaurant, The Depot, in 1985, in Sandusky and later opened his first Dianna's restaurant in Cleveland in 1992. He chose to open his restaurant in Port Clinton because he felt the people needed it.

"These people deserve better food," Gonos said. "They only have fast food."

The popularity of the restaurant stems from a large variety of food offered on the menu.

"It's not like any other restaurant," Gonos said. "Our menu is so big. It'll take a year to try everything."

The restaurant features authentic Greek food like the gyro (pronounced hero) and the Athenian platter. But it also includes a wide variety of American, Italian, Mexican and stir fry dishes.

"All our food is very good," Gonos said. "It's unique food in this area."

The restaurant also offers a wide array of deserts like baklava and cream puffs. Baklava features walnuts and filo, tissue-thin layers of pastry.

"This is a new place, and we'll try to do our best to serve our customers," Gonos said.

Gonos plans to pass his chain of restaurants on to his four children when he retires.