Dishing up a shining success

COVID-19 Featured Shine On

“Meet me at Maggy’s.”

That phrase is heard more and more often today as business heats up at Maggy’s Diner, located inside the Water Street Market and Bakery on Water Street, Pictou.

The diner opened at the beginning of May, just when the COVID-19 crisis was ramping up. “The plan was to open the diner, then COVID happened. We opened anyway, for takeout only,” says Kevin Pettipas. So business was a bit stalled at first, but Pettipas says it gets busier every day. He operates Maggy’s Diner with Rhonda Park.

There are four different entities under the same roof, Pettipas explains: the market, the bakery, the ceramic painting section and now, Maggy’s Diner. “Rhonda and I are trying to create a destination.”

Now, not only can you drop into the business to pick up some freshly baked sweets, bread, rolls and such or shop from the 30-40 local vendors who have all things handmade for sale — crafters, knitters, artists, jewelry makers, wood workers and more. And not only can you paint your own pottery on site and meet up with friends for a coffee and chat in a relaxing atmosphere, but now you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner there at Maggy’s Diner.

In addition to all of the delicious offerings Water Street Market and Bakery is known for, the opening of Maggy’s Diner means there is even more to offer. Pettipas explains they put in a full kitchen and now the diner offers a menu that truly contains something for every member of your family: nachos, fish and chips, club sandwiches and fries, hamburgers — all of the traditional favourites. “Everything is made from scratch as much as we can. Our hamburger buns are made on site, our fish batter is made on site, our tartar sauce is made here. If it’s possible to make it here, we do.

“And we have an all-day breakfast,” he says.

Maggy’s Diner is currently open Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is planning to open again on Sundays; it is only closed on Mondays.

Maggy’s Diner was originally opened only for takeouts until June 5 when public health restrictions were eased somewhat. Now, you can enjoy your meal inside the restaurant or outside on the expansive patio. Pettipas explains, “We can host 22 people inside and 26 outside on the patio and still be maintaining the six feet social distancing requirements.”

The five staff members at Maggy’s Diner enjoy seeing the smiling and appreciative faces of a number of regulars and every day they see new faces popping into the diner. “It’s steadily improving every day.”

One guest of the diner nominated Maggy’s Diner to Advocate Media Inc.’s Shine On campaign, calling it “a wonderful addition to our community.”

The diner’s dedication to serving quality meals to customers, maintaining safety protocols for the health and safety of staff and customers during this stressful time, and thriving throughout the COVID crisis have been recognized to the Shine On campaign which is aimed at shining a light on outstanding businesses in Pictou County that are making a difference in their communities during these trying times. The businesses have a chance at being highlighted in the company’s newspapers, as well as winning $3,000 worth of free advertising for when the economy picks up.

Anyone wanting to nominate a business in the Shine On campaign can do so by connecting with the Shine On link on our website,, or dropping a handwritten nomination with the business’s name, as well as your name, email address, phone number and reason for the nomination into our office at 21 George St., Pictou. You can also nominate your own business.

Kevin Pettipas and Rhonda Park, operators of Maggy’s Diner.