How often does this happen to you? You ask your significant other to go grab a bite to eat with you and you want seafood, but she wants a steak or you want breakfast and he wants a burger. Most of the time this is an argument nobody can win. However, if you live in Union Parish and surrounding areas, you just hit the dining out jackpot. On July 10, Union Diner opened its doors for business, and they serve such a variety of tantalizing dishes everyone will find something they love.
Union Diner is the culmination of a dream for Brandon Adkins, owner and administrator. Brandon grew up in Bossier City with his parents and two older brothers. “We grew up in a good Christian home with lots of love,” said Brandon. He remembers being interested in cooking and food from a young age but went to work as a young man in the oil field where he had to spend lots of time away from his family.
Brandon regretted missing special occasions and making memories with his family and finally decided to follow his dream. “I decided to do what I really love doing, my calling you could say, the food and restaurant business,” Adkins stated.
Adkins says there was never any other location he wanted to open his business. “There was never a question about an alternate place because Union Parish is my home,” said Adkins. Not to mention that Union Parish is the perfect location to start a new business. Over the last several years Union Parish has focused on growing its timber, poultry, and pipeline businesses and adding other diverse businesses such as retail, healthcare, pipeline construction, and dining facilities. Union Parish is also a certified retirement community and people are drawn to the beautiful views and fishing of Lake D’Arbonne. According to the latest population statistics, Union Parish can look forward to a positive population growth projection and a projected rise in average household income statistics. Adkins knew Union Parish would be the perfect place to carry out his dream.
Union Diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and the menu will have your stomach growling just looking at what they have to offer; steak and eggs, gumbo, hamburgers, shrimp, fish, oyster po boys, chicken fried steak, fried mushrooms, homemade onion rings and an assortment of pies for desserts. This is just a small sampling of what the menu offers.
Opening a new business during the middle of a pandemic in no small feat, but Brandon along with his father, James and Marinda Adkins have handled it like professionals. “I love Union Parish and all the people here,” said Adkins, “I just ask everyone to bear with us until we work the small stuff out. We are having to sanitize between customers and have to limit our seating. The health and safety of people comes first and is our number one goal. Hang in there with us through this pandemic and I promise it will get better. We do offer curbside pickup as well,” Adkins stated.
Adkins does want Union Parish and all who consider his business to know that customer service is extremely important to him. “I ask the people of Union Parish and surrounding areas if you do have a complaint, please address them to me or James or Marinda and we will get things straightened out,” Adkins promised.
Union Diner, located at 800 N Main St., Farmerville, LA, is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week, including holidays. Adkins would like to thank his father and stepmom, James and Marinda, and Malone Properties for making his dream come true. “I will do my very best for every customer and I ask for the support of the people of Farmerville, Union Parish, and surrounding areas,” Adkins said, “thank you all so much.”