DRACUT – It’s the longest running breakfast joint in Dracut.
The late Bob Paquette opened the Korner Kitchen in Collinsville in 1959, the year his son, Doug, was born. For as long as he can remember, Doug was at his father’s side, learning the fine art of flipping an egg over easy.
The elder Paquette died in 1990 and Doug, naturally, took over. A steady stream of customers frequent the cozy little diner, located at 2002 Lakeview Ave., across the street from CVS and the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank.
The Paquettes lived on Barry Avenue, right behind the diner. After his father’s death, Doug bought the house in which he was raised. He lives there still. His mother passed away in 2010.
Paquette makes no pretense that this is haute cuisine, but if you want a hearty breakfast or a good burger for lunch, this is the place to be. There are also daily specials such as shepherd’s pie, spaghetti and meatballs, fried seafood and more.
The Kozy Korner is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Q: Who taught you how to cook, your mom or your dad?
A: “My dad. I didn’t have a choice really. I’ve been here as long as I can remember. I learned mostly by watching him.”
Q: Who does the cooking at home?
A: “Not me. Usually my wife does. I do once in a while.”
Q: What’s your favorite meal?
A: “Chicken. Any kind. Baked, broasted, fried. Doesn’t matter.”
Q: What do you think you’d be doing if you never got behind the grill?
A: “I’ve always wanted to own a gym, like Gold’s Gym. I used to have a gym in my basement and everyone came to my house to work out. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Q: What famous person, dead or alive, would you like to have met?
A: “Bobby Orr. He’s my favorite athlete of all time. He’s still alive. It’s not too late.”