, Newburyport, MA


July 9, 2013

At Newburyport diner, it's all about family fare


Sunday is the biggest day of the week, and there are often lines out the door for a morning meal.

Though a half-dozen restaurants have opened nearby in the past few years, here is one businessman who doesn’t obsess about the competition.

“We have loyal customers who keep coming back,” he said. “And we’ve got a great staff, many of whom have been here for years. I don’t worry about things I can’t change.

“My focus is within these four walls, and I try to just think about what we do here.”

Its the rare small-business owner who tries to double as an economist but those who run local restaurants are known to venture an opinion.

“It looks like the economy is getting a little better,” said Luz. “We’re seeing more real-estate people, contractors, builders, and they seem more comfortable about going out for a meal.

“We’re a local place, where a worker might be sitting next to a millionaire. That’s Newburyport. The (business) climate seems to be improving.”

Brian Hotchkiss, a Newburyport resident who often dines at Angie’s, said, “I like the restaurant because the food is made there, and tastes like it’s made there - not frozen.”

Hotchkiss, an editor and book-packager at nearby Vern Associates, Inc., added, “The staff there is friendly, and I feel at home. It’s relaxing, and you get a good meal. It’s one of the things I really like about downtown Newburyport.”

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