Good Friends Diner in Bristol 'trying everything' to drum up business during pandemic

Published on Saturday, 1 August 2020 15:30


BRISTOL -- Good Friends Diner has had a hard time making ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Right now we’re very slow,” said Martha Chapman, the owner. “Very slow.”

“We’ve been picking up here and there, but still very slow.”

Good Friends, located at 188 Farmington Ave., used to be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. The business now opens an hour later during the pandemic.

The restaurant also used to offer dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but that has proven not to be beneficial enough to continue.

“We’ve been trying everything,” Chapman said. “Specials and everything. We pick up here and there, but it’s not very busy.”

The restaurant never offered outdoor dining before the covid-19 pandemic. But it has evolved to offer both inside and outside dining.

“We have problems with not many people wanting to eat inside,” Chapman said. “It’s very slow.”

For breakfast, Good Friends Diner offers platters, breakfast sandwiches, waffles, omelets, French toast, pancakes and a kids menu.

For lunch, the restaurant has appetizers, hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, grinders and a menu for kids.

For more information about Good Friends, call 860-582-1025 or visit its website at

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Saturday, 1 August 2020 15:30. Updated: Saturday, 1 August 2020 15:33.