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Locals 2007: Mike and Kathy Diemer

Mike & Kathy Diemer
John F. Russell

— Mike and Kathy Diemer have been known to work 10, sometimes 12 and even 18-hour days.

But the owners of Johnny B. Good’s Diner wouldn’t trade their jobs for anything.

“All you have to do is pick up a newspaper and see that there are a lot of people who would trade places with us,” Mike said.

The Diemers and Johnny B. Good’s are as synonymous with Steamboat as fun winters and beautiful summers. The couple has owned the restaurant since 1993. They have become fixtures in the community.

“I’m not going to say it’s not work,” Mike said, “but it’s allowed us to be a part of the community and watch kids and their families grow up.”

The Diemers said it’s not uncommon to see the same families that have moved away each year when they return on vacation.

“It’s nice being part of all the families,” Kathy said.

Mike came to Steamboat in 1988 after meeting up with the U.S. aerial team in Lake Placid, N.Y. Mike said a team member told him about Steamboat, and it didn’t take him long to leave.

“It wasn’t hard to talk someone out of leaving Lake Placid,” he said.

When Mike got to Steamboat, he eventually started living with Kathy’s brother. Kathy was on her way to California, but she never made it any farther than Steamboat.

“I always told her brother I would end up hooking up with his sister,” Mike said. “I guess I was right.”

Part of the allure to Johnny B. Good’s Diner has always been its friendly service and low prices. Kathy said it’s not uncommon for a friend to leave their children there with a blank check and go and run errands.

And people in the military? They don’t pay a dime for a meal at Johnny B. Good’s Diner.

The people they’ve met, the relationships they’ve built and the community they’ve lived in make the Diemers feel lucky for what they have.

“We’ve all got to work,” Mike said. “And if this is our job, we believe we’ve been pretty blessed.”

– Story by Luke Graham

Photo by John F. Russell

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