The 49-year-old Parkville icon will now only be open for breakfast and lunch.
After nearly a decade of operating for 16-and-a-half hours a day, the Bel-Loc Diner is now cutting back its hours. "It was just time to do it," said owner Bill Doxanas, who has helmed the Parkville icon that helped inspire Barry Levinson's 1982 film "Diner" since its opening in April 1964. The diner will now be open for breakfast and lunch from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Doxanas said. It previously operated from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Doxanas declined to comment further on the reason for the decreased hours.
Named for its location at the junction of Baltimore’s beltway and Loch Raven Boulevard, the Bel-Loc cooks up a comforting, mouth-watering breakfast any time of day.
In my younger days, I often found myself rolling out of bed in the late morning, grabbing a coffee and hitting the world without the slightest desire for something to eat. Well, my friends, the days of the breakfast-free morning are long gone and thus, when I get a tip on a new early-morning eating hotspot, I tend to waste little time getting there. That was exactly the case this week when a good friend of mine pointed me in the direction of the Bel-Loc Diner, just a short drive from Lutherville on East Joppa Road in Parkville. As I pulled up to the Bel-Loc, I found pretty much what I expected from a diner that originally opened in 1964: the checkered tile walls, the worn chrome roofing, and of course, the faded neon sign welcoming …