Inver Grove Heights Convention & Visitors Bureau

By Stacy Brooks, Blogger, for Visit Inver Grove Heights

Did you know that you can travel back to the 1950s right here in Inver Grove Heights?  At Cahill Diner, there’s brightly-hued retro decor, 1950s music in the background, and a menu of classic diner fare, from pancakes and omelets to burgers and root beer floats.

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“Sometimes I feel like I should’ve been born in that era—I love everything about it!” says Moody Arafa, who owns and operates Cahill Diner with his wife ZeZe.  “It’s been unique [to run Cahill Diner], we attract all people.  Kids love the different colors on the tables and chairs and the art on the walls.  Older couples love listening to the 1950s music, and say ‘This is like the table I had in my kitchen!’”

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The couple has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and they also own Ze’s Diner, which has locations in Eagan, Woodbury, and Prior Lake.  “We focus on the quality of the food and the service,” says Arafa.  “We love the diner atmosphere, how people from the neighborhood come and hang out here.”

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The menu of breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, and dinner entrees is available anytime—currently the diner is open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily for dine-in and take out.  The breakfast platters are a customer favorite, especially the Cahill Slam: a choice of French toast or pancakes, two eggs, two meats, hash browns, and toast.  “It’s lots of food!” says Arafa with a chuckle.

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Other popular items include the half-pound Angus beef burgers, the mixed mess breakfast, pot roast, and gyros, which are made in-house.

“Our food goes along with our atmosphere,” explains Arafa.  “We make the pot roast, the burgers, and the shakes and malts the old-fashioned way.”

Similar to many other local businesses, he notes that the COVID pandemic has been a challenge.  Cahill Diner has adapted by building up their take out business, including an online ordering system, and they also offer full-service catering for small gatherings.  Now that the diner has re-opened for dine-in service, they’re focusing on getting the word out via social media—check out their Facebook page for the latest updates and specials.

“Our customers have been so great, we’re very grateful,” he says.  “It’s been challenging, but we’re here to stay.”

Although the world feels a bit uncertain at the moment, Arafa is optimistic about the future.  “I’m always looking to grow my business, to expand into catering and be creative,” he says.  “We’re spending money to make sure we’re compliant [with COVID guidelines] and training our employees to make sure we have a safe environment for our customers and employees.”

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“We love Inver Grove Heights and all the guests that come here,” he continues.  “We know them by their first names.  We couldn’t have done this without them.  We really appreciate that, and we’re not going to forget it.”

For a closer look at Cahill Diner, check out this video from Visit Inver Grove Heights.

Cahill Diner

6504 Cahill Ave.

Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

651-455-4408

cahilldiner.com