Business is booming at a new diner in Camillus, but it’s not just the food that’s bringing people in.
The name Second Chance Diner came to owner Edward DePalma in a dream.
For DePalma, a recovering addict who for years struggled with pills and heroin and even lost his best friend Chris to an overdose, the restaurant has become his next journey in life.
“When I walked through the front doors, long story short I felt it,” said DePalma, “I used drugs to cope. Once I realized I wasn’t only affecting myself and I wasn’t honoring my best friends name anymore I ultimately decided to live for myself.”
DePalma bought the space along Bennett Road in April and doors opened on November 1st. In the past seven weeks, customers have been coming for both the food and to share in DePalma’s inspiring story.
“Three, four, five, six times a day people tell me that they can relate to my story, that they themselves have struggled with addiction, they have a son, daughter at home, a mother, father, an aunt or uncle,” said DePalma.
Second Chance Diner is open Tuesday to Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for breakfast and lunch.
“There’s a lot of struggling, recovering addicts out there that whether they are thinking about it, doing it, there is hope and if we take the tools that are offered to us and we truly accept help and want it people can change their lives and do anything they set there mind to, you know you’re life isn’t over,” said DePalma.