The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

March 20, 2013

Breakfast with the Easter bunny

By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER

TARBORO — Hop on down to the Classic Diner at 301 Main St. in Tarboro this weekend for breakfast with the Easter bunny. The breakfast, now in its third year, will begin at 8 and end at 11 Saturday morning.

“The Easter bunny will be here hopping around giving out Easter eggs,” said Mandy Ray, manager of the Classic Diner. She said the restaurant does the breakfast “to show everybody appreciation of supporting us all year, and wanting to do something for their kids.”

Photos with the Easter bunny will be available. The cost of the children’s breakfast is $3.

“They’ll have Mickey Mouse pancakes,” Ray said. A strip of bacon and a drink also will be served. Last year’s breakfast was a success.

“It was packed. They were lined out the door,” said Ray. “We can hold twice as many this year in the new building as we did last year (at the Pitt Street location).”

In past years, Ray said the diner has opened the doors of the breakfast with the Easter bunny an hour early just for Harper Doughtie, a local 6-year-old girl who has leukemia and was unable to be around other children.

“She’s better, so she gets to come with the kids this year,” Ray said.

“This will be the first year that she’s able to hang out with the other kids,” said Doughtie’s mother, Victoria Mitchell. She said her daughter bonded with diner owner Bud Woolard, whom she calls “Mr. Bud,” and ever since her diagnosis, Woolard has done “whatever he could to make her happy.”

“He’s arranged it (a one-on-one visit for Doughtie) with the Easter bunny and Santa Claus at Christmas,” Mitchell said. “They’re the nicest people there at Classic Diner.”

“We just love children,” said Woolard, of he and his wife Shirley. “I enjoy giving to children. It’s just a blessing.”

Often when young children come to a restaurant, “there’s nothing special for them,” said Woolard. That’s not the case at Classic Diner. After her lunch Tuesday, a regular, 3-year-old Alicyn Daughtridge, asked “Mr. Bud,” “Where’s my prize?” Woolard often gives children a small prize bag when they come to the diner. Daughtridge will be among the children at Saturday’s breakfast with the Easter bunny.