A motorcycle stunt family have added a special thrill to the grand opening of a new business.
Dannii’s Diner was officially opened on Saturday by the Fox family, of the legendary Ken Fox Wall of Death.
The new restaurant in Thetford Road, Brandon, is dedicated to the memory of 25-year-old Dannii Foster, an ‘amazing’ woman who died last year from complications she developed as a result of having muscular dystrophy.
Dannii’s sister, Sam, said she had been ‘really excited’ about the diner before her death and ‘would have loved everything about it’ including its striking design – black and white tiles with red and black tables – and London and New York themes.
“She was amazing, my idol,” said the 24-year-old, who runs the diner with parents Carl and Ann. She was just an incredible person, everybody loved her. And she never let her condition get in the way of anything. She didn’t want people fussing over her, she just wanted to live her life.”
The Fox family, who have been touring and entertaining since the 1920s, are well-known for their TV and film work and ‘pulled in’ scores of people on Saturday. Sam, who also owns the Mace shop next door, said: “I couldn’t believe how packed it was at one point.”
The visiting Fox troupe, which included Ken’s sons Luke and Alex, brought their 1924 Indian Scout motorbike and donated a signed photograph and a piece of Wall of Death memorabilia, which are now on display in the diner.
“We were just over the moon and so grateful to them for coming,” said Sam, who has a close friend in common with the family. “They actually came for Sunday roast the next day and said they enjoyed the food.
“Just having them here was unbelievable – everyone loved meeting them,” she added.
Dannii’s Diner serves all-day breakfasts and specialises in burgers, hot dogs and extra-thick milkshakes. It has applications pending for music and alcohol licences. To find out more search ‘Dannii’s Diner’ on Facebook