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Cassiday in front seat at Backseat

New Backseat Diner and Drive-In owner Sarah Cassiday (left) shares a laugh with Jane Thompson (right), a regular customer at the Humboldt eating spot. Running a restaurant is not all about slinging hash. Relationship building and befriending customers is an important part of the service. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

When entering the Backseat Diner, it’s not only like visiting one of the malt shops of the 1950s and early ‘60s, it’s like sitting down at the kitchen table and having mom or grandma serve up a heaping helping of downhome cooking.
That’s the way it has been, and that’s the way Sarah Cassiday likes it.
Sarah took over Feb. 1, as the new owner of the Backseat Diner, breaking a long family tradition. Jeff Davis and wife Nita had operated the diner for several years, dating back to before the name change nearly 10 years ago. The Davis’ operated the Burger Boy at the same location and Jeff’s sister operated the restaurant before that.
Sarah plans some special promotions, menu specials and events to celebrate the restaurant's 10th year as Backseat Diner and Drive-In, but beyond that, not a lot will change.
“Everything is staying the same, the hours, the décor, the food, the service. We’re still going to be doing the same things for the community and hosting the car cruises and things like that,” Cassiday said.
“We will still have lunchtime deliveries to the businesses.
“We have a lot of long-time customers who enjoy the meals,” said Cassiday. She noted filling to-go orders for residents of the care centers.
The car cruises are traditionally the third Fridays of the month and run from April through September.
While the food is for sale, nostalgia is free at the Backseat.
To read more about the restaurant and Cassiday's upcoming plans, pick up a copy of this week's Humboldt Independent, or subscribe to the print or online editions by clicking on the link at the top of this page.