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Dinner offers 'pay what you can' promo

March 26, 2009 3:13:49 PM PDT
The tough economic times have more people looking for cheaper alternatives to eating out.Now, a diner in Connecticut is letting people pay what they can afford for food.

Ralph Yoakum paid $5.50 for his sandwich at Lushe's Sono Diner. But next time, he could pay $3. Or $2. Or whatever he feels like.

"It's new," Yoakum said. "It's a nice concept, and I wish them luck."

The promotion at the diner in Norwalk starts April 1, but it's no joke. Customers will be charged regular prices, but can pay whatever they can afford. Call it a burger bailout.

The promotion may be a great deal for patrons, but truth be told, owner Lushe Gjuraj is looking for a boost too. In this ecomony, business is hurting.

Gjuraj came to the U.S. from Kosovo 19 years ago. Despite not speaking a word of English and being a single mother, she managed to open three restaurants in Stamford. But the expansion into South Norwalk, a struggling area during a recession, has been difficult. Still, she says she's living the American dream and is looking to turn this into a win-win situation.

"I don't want people to say poor Lushe, look what she had to do," she said.

The special will for the run throughout the month of April. But Gjuraj says she may extend the promotion if enough customers decide the price is right.

The diner is located at 70 North Main Street in Norwalk. The phone number is (203) 354-9474.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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