Longtime Dallas resident Ed Murph remembers going to Norma's Cafe when he was a kid. That's where he and his friend would go after school for a hamburger if they had leftover lunch money. Nowadays the beloved Oak Cliff diner is practically where he calls home -- in 1986, Murph purchased Norma's and helped grow the company to three locations with one on the way this summer.
"We have generational customers who come and their children are coming and bringing their children," Murph says. "We have people from all parts of the country and all parts of the world ... to me, that's a pretty remarkable thing."
That's why he annually rolls back the prices, to thank all the loyal patrons who've supported Norma's Cafe since it opened in 1956. On Thursday, June 23, the business turns 60 years old and that means serious savings.
Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Norma's will be offering its classic blue specials for $1.79.
The deal applies to chicken fried steak, meatloaf, and chicken plus dressing dinners, which each come with a side of green beans and mashed potatoes. The offer is available for dine-in guests only at all three restaurant locations.
That's certainly a bargain, but there is one way you'll pay the price. Norma's anniversary is hugely popular, so expect to wait in line. Last year, Murph says he served 1,500 diners between the three locations.
New this year, Norma's has partnered with the Birthday Party Project, a local charity that throws birthday celebrations for children living in shelters. Proceeds from the restaurant's line of 60th anniversary merchandise, such as T-shirts and cups, will be donated to the organization. Additionally, each location with have a donation box.