The Trusty Diner opens for business in Water Valley

Published 5:56 pm Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Trusty Diner, owned and operated by chef Lawton Gafford, opened earlier this month at 205 North Main Street in Water Valley.

Gafford has a rich family history in Water Valley. The grandson of Irma Kate Trusty Gafford, he opened The Trusty Diner to celebrate Water Valley and his family heritage with in it.

“The Trusty family owned several businesses on Main Street in the 1900s,” Gafford said.  “With the Trusty Hotel, International Harvester dealership, Trusty Hardware and Trusty Drug Store, the family established a strong sense of community within the town.”

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This American-style restaurant focuses on a proper respect for quality ingredients, while striving to continually broaden the scope of dining options in town. Dinner menu staples include rotisserie chicken, ribs, sweet potatoes with pecan butter, roasted cabbage, collard green, mac and cheese with cornbread topping.

Located in the newly renovated Williams Law building, The Trusty Diner is an intimate gathering place for community and friends.

While take-out will always be available, patrons are welcome to sit at the lunch counter and enjoy their meal, have a chat and take in some of the Trusty family history that fills the space.

Gafford said dditional seating will soon be added both in the dining room and outside.

The diner is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday evenings from 4-9 p.m. Lunch service is available Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the weekdays the focus is on express lunch like sandwiches, salads, diner-style pies and coffee, while a special Sunday lunch is offered each week.

Look for more on Facebook, Instagram and at for the full menu and to stay informed of daily specials.