New Castle Diner is hoppin’ and boppin’ |

New Castle Diner is hoppin’ and boppin’

“The” place to be on Thursday, June 24, was the Grand Opening of the New Castle Diner at the Burning Mountain Marketplace. The diner has been in the works since February, and curious New Castle-ites stopped by to sample the menu and check out the shiny new retro-’50s restaurant. A black and white checkered floor, bright red shiny booths, faux hammered tin ceiling and lots of vintage posters all contribute to a great diner experience. Friendly and helpful waitresses wear New Castle Diner T-shirts, and you can purchase the T-shirts, too!

Yummy shakes, malts, sundaes, root beer floats and ice cream will please anyone with the craving for something sweet. And if you’d prefer a bakery item, pies and cakes are all homemade.

The diner’s burgers are made from 85 percent lean beef raised on Carbondale’s Nieslanik Ranch. Buffalo burgers are also offered, with 94 percent lean and range-fed meat from the Scenic Mesa Ranch in Hotchkiss.

Low-carb options, and beer and wine are available at the diner.

Hours for the New Castle Diner are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Breakfast is served until 11:30 a.m., Sunday until noon. Eggs with toast and french fries are served all day.

Partner and New Castle Diner manager Karen Kinney said she has 36 employees. Each meal has a different crew, and Kinney is glad she’s giving some teenagers their first jobs. Kinney, who lives in Silt, managed the Red Rock Diner in Carbondale for eight years and is thrilled to be working closer to home.

“Everything is homemade; we want our restaurant to be a family diner situation,” Kinney said. “It’s been a fun project. There was a need for a new restaurant, and with New Castle’s growth, I think there’s enough business for all of us. We want to be a part of the community.”


The New Castle Art Guild is offering its ArtPhest July 16-18 at the New Castle Community Center. The event kicks off after 7 p.m. on Friday, July16, and opens Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. and features professional, advanced, amateur, and high school categories. A popular People’s Choice Award allows viewers to express their artistic opinions.

The art guild has a commitment to help children learn about art and have a place to display their work, so there will be space for children to display at the ArtPhest.

This summer’s Art Guild’s Art Camps for kids ages 3-11 include Lines, Shapes and Dimension on July 9, and Nature’s Way on July 30 and Aug. 6. Workshops for sixth- though ninth-graders include oil painting on July 14 and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain on Aug. 10.

The New Castle Art Guild is always looking for members who can help with writing grants and volunteers to help with the ArtPhest. Please call PJ Simms at 984-0615 or Jeannie Hoppal at 625-0246 for any information.


The 25th Annual July 4th Freedom Celebration will be held from noon until after the fireworks display on Sunday, July 4, at the Apple Tree Community. It’s a no-alcohol, family event with everything from the flag raising and opening ceremony with Cub Scout Pack 221, to kids riding on a 1941 fire truck, all types of wild and crazy games, tournaments, food and entertainment. The fireworks begin approximately 9:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on all this family fun!

Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.

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