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Thursday, November 6, 2008

In the News - Miss Portland Diner

Another news article about the Miss Portland Diner. Today's Portland Press Herald reported it cost $1.2 million to reopen the Miss Portland Diner. Several articles over the course of the past year or more, mentioned the selling price of the diner and the land was $25,000 and $75,000 respectively.

While the cost of restoring diners may seem out of reach for some, other diner projects have cost much less. The Road Island Diner, a 1939 O'Mahony built diner received a full frame-up restoration. During that process several missing elements required fabrication. Costs associated with this project were around $1 million. Getting the former Wendell's Corner Snack Bar open again as the Tin Man was in the neighborhood of $50,000.

We should note these are diners in a different location, era, manufacturer, state of preservation and restoration. Such aspects will result in a difference of expenses.

Read Bill Nemitz's entire article from today's Portland Press Herald.

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Miss Portland Diner
140 Marginal Way
Portland, ME
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Road Island Diner
981 Weber Canyon Road
Oakley, UT
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Tin Man Diner
70 County Rd.
North Falmouth, MA
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Diner Exhibit Diner Exhibit Diners: Still Cookin' in the 21st Century Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson & Wales University
315 Harborside Blvd. Providence, RI View Map / Send to GPS*
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981 Weber Canyon Rd. Oakley, UT View Map / Send to GPS*
Tin Man Diner Tin Man Diner 70 County Rd. North Falmouth, MA View Map / Send to GPS*


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