Instead of being able to make as many trips to the food bar as a diner wanted, that diner is now being served plates already prepared. This decision was made, according to Joubran, to cut down on food waste which will help the restaurant financially and at the same time allow customers to keep more of their money in their pockets. It was necessary to stay in competition with other eating establishments.
“I did it in a way so that everybody can afford to eat here,” said Joubran. “That includes students.”
Joubran gives some examples.
One meat, two vegetables and a drink will cost $4.99. Several combos are offered, including a meat, three vegetables, dessert and drink for $8 or a meat, two vegetables, a salad, dessert and drink for $8.50.
“For lunch, if you get a meat, two vegetables and a drink, it costs $4.99, plus tax, which comes to $5.50,” said Joubran. “That’s cheaper than a hamburger.”
Joubran said he hopes that customers will understand that the restaurant still offers the same good food and same entrees – four meats, eight vegetables, cobblers and ice cream.
“We still offer cole slaw with fish,” he said. “This is every day. We make everything from scratch, even the cobblers. We make the dough and bake them. Everything on the bar is home cooking.”
Joubran said he gets to work at 7:30 every morning and starts cooking. By 11, everything is ready to be served.
The restaurant, located on Clinton Street, just off the Square, is open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Joubran and his brother Simon have been partners in the Village Inn for 25 years. They bought it in 1988 from Ken Mount.
For many years, Joubran visited his mother, Anna, in Israel every summer. He chose summer because that’s the restaurant’s least busy time. But that’s not the only reason.
“That’s the season of fruit,” he said. “Everything’s ripe. The apples, grapes and figs.”
His mother died four years ago, so he doesn’t go every year now.
“My mother was my rock,” he said “We all go through hard times and to call her and talk to her, she gave me good advice and kind of made everything easier.”