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Sonoma’s Fremont Diner Reopens as Boxcar Fried Chicken and Biscuits

Hooray, they're back!

The beloved Fremont Diner has been reborn as Boxcar Fried Chicken and Biscuits,

Owners Erika and Chad Harris closed Sonoma’s much-loved Southern-inspired diner in late June saying the spot was a victim of its own success. Now, however, they’re back in business with a pared-down menu featuring some of their most popular dishes — fried chicken, biscuits,  sandwiches, and sides like pimento cheese, collard greens and baked beans.

The key is offering fast service, something that plagued the Fremont Diner. The restaurant opened Wednesday, and we’ll have more details and pictures coming soon. Open Monday through Friday from 11a.m. to 3p.m., 2698 Fremont Dr., Sonoma, boxcar-friedchicken.com

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20 thoughts on “Sonoma’s Fremont Diner Reopens as Boxcar Fried Chicken and Biscuits

  1. Can’t wait to try the chicken, cannot agree more with the statements of people like dr. diesel. Astonishing how people pick up a rumor & turn it in to truth. Thanks biteclub for pursing said truth and clarifying the issue.

  2. Food was quite good in 2017….. Always to busy for the size of the kitchen. It makes sense why the menu will be a short list, with all the long lines you need quick turning meals and tables spinning at the same time. Hope they can make it work for them this time around… I’m sure they hired back a lot of the staff that want to return from Fremont Diner. Just keep the menu short and the classic diner food coming ?

  3. The husband and wife worked very hard – every day for 10 years. They have young children and their family life was suffering. They could never find enough staff. Running a restaurant is hard enough but when you are burning the candle at both ends, I can understand why they did what they did. We can’t wait to visit the new version!

  4. Lets not forget that the owners came in one day out of the blue and fired everyone. No notice, no severance, just victims of the owners business ethic or lack there of. SHAMEFUL! I would not support thoughtless people even if their food was 5 stars.

    1. Excellent reminder. I won’t be supporting the establishment. That type of discreditable act, speaks to ones values, morals and ethics. And we are talking food here…. health and safety come to mind.

    2. Let’s not forget that nobody here knows, or will know what was truly going on, and I’m sure they hired some of the staff back for this restaurant. If you’re basing your opinion solely based off of what you read in the news (and believe everything you read), then you have a lot to learn!

    3. The personal effort of the owners does not make it OK that they gave staff NO NOTICE AT ALL that they were closing. To reopen at the same site is an incredible display of a crass and selfish attitude. Who’d want to work for them now?

    4. Let us also not forget, that no one gives two hoots about your BS opinions on how this restaurant abruptly closed. Not only is it none of your business, you also know nothing about it. Thanks again for telling others how to live. How about getting your own backyards in order and STFU 🙂

    5. Diner, you are absolutely right on. Michelle, many people have kids and work long hours. That’s no excuse for not extending a modicum of decorum by having a simple conversation with your staff. Why would you (or anyone for that matter) take up for such bad behavior? Behavior that left people immediately jobless, and they too, may be working long hours to support their kids.

    6. Actually we did know. I worked there for three years and, though very busy, they were always good to us. In fact, after the told us and when they closed everyone shared in that. I’ll be there with Boxcar, come on by, the food is very tasty!

    7. I never understand why people who have NO IDEA what they are talking about feel the need to weigh in and shame people. I’ve even written about the fact that they worked closely with their staff to figure things out. Plus, um, there is no shortage of restaurant jobs around here. Blech.

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