BROOKLYN, Ind. — Christopher’s #12 Diner is a cozy, country café in the heart of Brooklyn in Morgan County in central Indiana, where the pace is laid back and the food is made to order.

Tractor décor and green and yellow touches are found in every corner.

Sandy Pyle, co-owner of the diner with her husband, Ron, wants the restaurant to feel like home for everyone who visits.

“You can get a Big Mac or fast food any time, any day,” she said. “Ron and I love these little out-of-the-way places where it’s comfortable and you can sit a spell.

“For our little town, it’s a place to sit and talk instead of standing in the post office.”

The menu features classic southern comfort food.

“Our biscuits and gravy are made from scratch every morning,” Pyle said. “Those, along with our delicious tenderloin, are our top sellers. We serve breakfast all day.”

There’s a story behind every restaurant’s name, and Christopher’s is no exception. The diner is named after Sandy’s son, who had intellectual disabilities as a result of seizures.

On May 17, 2015, at the age of 26, Christopher passed away.

Christopher grew up in farm country in north-central Indiana. He loved John Deere tractors, pigs and the number 12.

“Christopher was always so happy,” Pyle said. “I want this to be a nice, happy place for people to come and talk. And we do have some really good food.”

Family was important to Christopher. The diner is one small way for the family to gather, tell stories and make new memories together.

“We dedicate this diner to his precious memory,” the story on the back of the menu reads. “We hope you enjoy your time here, and we hope that a little bit of Christopher’s joy goes with you when you leave.”

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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