Though she just opened her first restaurant, running a business is nothing new for local Maryellis Glover.
Glover, a former nightclub owner, opened Glover's Diner two months ago.
“My family has always owned businesses,” Glover said. “I said, once I got situated, I was going to try to run a little business.”
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served every day, except Sunday.
Grits, pancakes, sausage, bacon and eggs are dished out at breakfast.
For lunch and dinner, customers can order hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, meat loaf, chicken and pasta.
True to her Philadelphia upbringing, Glover also makes Philly-style hoagies, Philly chicken and Philly cheese steaks.
Available for side orders are macaroni and cheese, vegetables, french fries and chips.
“We aim to please,” Glover said.
Specials run daily.
Today's special is a plate of baked pork chops, rice and gravy and corn on the cob.
On Valentine's Day, ladies will receive roses, and T-bone steaks will be $13.99 for couples to enjoy.
“Every month, we try to do something different,” Glover said.
All day on Saturdays, children 13 and younger get a half-off discount, and breakfast is available.
Glover got her start working in her parents' businesses. Among their establishments were restaurants and convenience stores, she said.
Glover visited the Aiken area often when she was young.
“My parents use to bring us down here,” she said. “I said, ‘Once I got older, I was going to come down here and raise my children.'”
Glover and her husband James have seven children.
The couple has lived in Aiken for eight years.
Maryellis ran her nightclub in Petticoat Junction for eight years.
She runs her diner with James and his sister Denise Hatcher.
Both Maryellis and James cook.
Customers have the option of dining-in, carrying-out or delivery. James normally runs the delivery service.
Glover's Diner is located at 1840 Huntsman Drive in the Country Square Plaza.
Regular hours of operation are Monday to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Only cash is accepted.
For more information, call 803-522-6292.
Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.