“I love it. It keeps me going,” said Shell.
Shell said they acquired the building at the corner of Madison Avenue and Ninth Street in late November 2012. Over the years it had morphed from a real estate office to a motorcycle club to a church — its most recent incarnation. Prior to opening the doors, the facility was cleaned and decorated. Shell purposefully left a little piece of evidence from its days as a church — a cross displayed on the wall.
“I’m going to leave that up there,” said Shell. She acknowledged, “The Lord helped me get this building.”
Customers place their orders up front, then take a seat in the ample dining area. That’s where Jon Edmonson, of Anderson, and Carolyn Hensley, of Alexandria, picked a table. They were among the diners tempted to try the diner at its grand opening last Thursday.
“They’re just getting started, and soul food hit us,” said Hensley. “We were going to try some things we’ve never tried.” Others were placing orders for takeout. Fried chicken and okra had appeal for some of the diners that day.
The menu reflects very reasonable prices, with sandwiches and burgers running from $3.50 to $6. Dinners run $7.50 to $13.50.
The diner is open Thursday through Sunday. Hours run from noon to 5 a.m. Shell said they’ll be opening up one day a week for breakfast as well, probably Sunday. Of the late-night hours, Shell said, “There’s people that be out late and wanting something to eat.”
Rebecca’s Soul Food Diner is located at 903 Madison Ave. It can be reached at 765-602-9816.
If you go: What: Rebecca's Soul Food Diner Where: 903 Madison Ave., Anderson When: noon to 5 a.m., Thursday through Sunday What: Soul food, dine in or carryout Contact: 765-602-9816