Bedford’s Minuteman Diner Plans an Early Autumn Debut

By Julie McCay Turner

At the Minuteman Diner (l-r) Ryan Cohen, Edward Cohen, Diane Cohen, and Brian Chase – Image (c) JMcCT all rights reserved

It’s taking a bit longer than expected to renovate and meet current building codes to get Bedford’s new Minuteman Diner up and running.

Owners Edward and Diane Cohen are excited and eager to begin serving customers. Brian Chase is taking charge of the kitchen, and all three have worked on the menu. They are planning for a place where customers can come early in the morning, late at night, or in the middle of the day for lunch.

The Minuteman Diner will be open long hours, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 6 am to 11 pm, Tuesdays through Saturday, and from 6 am to 2 pm on Sundays. Opening day is currently set for October 1, unless everything is ready sooner

“It’s definitely a diner, so it’s a breakfast place,” said Edward Cohen.  “We’re going to have French toast on steroids. Stuffed French toast, or French toast with a caramel Irish Cream sauce. Or pancakes with coconut and cranberry.

“We’re going to go big on fruit,” he continued. “Big on vegetables. There’ll be a healthy option. We’ll have egg whites with asparagus and Broccoli. We have a new, high-end steamer that cooks vegetables perfectly.

“And there will be sandwiches — Pastrami, Italian, tuna fish, chicken, all on nice fresh rolls.”

Minuteman Diner will meet another need: An affordable late-evening meal. “Maybe it’s say nine o’clock after a long day,” promised Cohen. “You just want a grilled cheese and tomato soup, and a glass of wine. The menu is big enough where you can have that or fresh salmon. You can have steak tips or a turkey club. You can have pancakes at night, and we won’t judge.”  And the Diner has a full liquor license with beer, wine, and other spirits available from 11 am until 11 pm.

Diane Cohen is proud of the new Fro-Yo machine with a 12-item topping cart for make-your-own sundaes or smoothies. The pastry case may be the first thing customers see when they walk in the door, she added. It seems as if there will be plenty of options to satisfy a sweet tooth: cheesecake, chocolate cake, homemade carrot cake, or pies.

And there will be space for sports teams to celebrate victories, or mourn defeat. “With a bit of notice,” she added, “we can put tables together and seat up to 20!” There will also be booths, tall tables for standup snacks, and seating at the bar.

The kitchen will be busy, according to Brian Chase. While there will be an extensive menu, daily deliveries will assure freshness.

The Diner’s marketing strategy is simple, to serve the best food and salute the Bedford Minutemen who walked to Concord’s North Bridge in April 1775. But the heart of the strategy depends on returning customers.”Nobody will come back,” said Chase, “if the food’s not good!”

Editor’s Note: The Minuteman Diner has moved into the former DeAngelo’s Grilled Sandwich store at 363 The Great Road

Correction: In the original post, Edward Cohen was misidentified as Michael Cohen, and the diner’s full liquor license was omitted. Also, click this link to follow the Minuteman Diner updates on Facebook,


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