American diner food with ’50s flair
By LYNN HAGGERTY KING,
FOR THE ARGUS-COURIER
Published: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
We love a good diner, and the Saxelby family has created just that at the site of the former Marvin’s Restaurant at 317 Petaluma Blvd. South.
Named after their dad “Sax,” who’s portrait graces the counter area, sisters Kimberly and Tiffany, along with their mom “Mee Maw,” have undertaken a labor of love and elbow grease for the last few months to create Sax’s Joint, a ’50s style diner with all the trimmings.
In homage to the Pink Ladies of “Grease,” they have decorated their diner in bubble gum pink, black and white checkerboard, and chrome, and play a steady stream of ’50s and early 60s music on the jukebox. My favorite decorative touch was a panoramic photo of the Petaluma Junior High School’s class of 1951.
The waitstaff have all been hand picked to fit the feel and atmosphere of the restaurant — the “girls” wear pink hankerchiefs in their ponytails, black eyeliner “cat eyes,” and make friends with all the customers, treating them more like family than clients.
There is a front counter and booth area (with a large family booth that seats six), a back room with smaller booths and tables, and outdoor seating on the garden patio or out front, next to a pink motorcycle. There is parking area available in the rear off of Second Street.