In all of metro Louisville, there is nothing quite like Lady Tron’s.

The eclectic diner opened in January, 2017 at 147 E. Market St. in downtown New Albany at 47, and like so many other restaurants hereabouts, it remained closed for a long period during the pandemic. The reopening came at last this week. 

Lady Tron’s describes itself: 

“Lady Tron’s is a quirky soup and sandwich shop with a retro outer space vibe! We have a hip atmosphere and also specialize in speedy carry out orders.”

One specialty of the house is a delightfully old-school daily handwritten menu posted for the benefit of passers-by (and reposted on-line). Tuesday’s is shown above, but be advised that it changes constantly.

By the way, some readers might recall the present-day Lady Tron’s site a bit differently.

Photo credit: News and Tribune

The Little Chef’s half-century run ended in 2011. In 2019 Marc Andry of the Horizon, the student newspaper at Indiana University Southeast, profiled Lady Tron’s, and also traced the history of the building occupying this corner.

Sweet and savory aromas rise off Summer Sieg’s grill as Darth Vader watches closely and Yoda keeps an eye on the customers. Seig is the owner and founder of Lady Tron’s, a one-of-a-kind fifties-style diner with a unique take on outer space.

Upon walking into Lady Tron’s, customers are filled with a simultaneous rush of both hunger and nostalgia from the appetizing smells and retro ambiance.

Current hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily (closed Sunday and Wednesday).