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Monday, December 22, 2008

Former Jerry's Diner - Kent, Ohio

Kent Diner
Photo by flickr pro planetschwa
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Some of the news articles we've read spoke of a fire, but we never saw any pictures. When looking through the results from a Google blog search, we found Dave Ruller's Kent 360 blog.

Dave's blog mentions the diner and has two pictures showing the interior damage. He included other pictures, the last one a vintage photograph showing the inside of the diner in 1952. We aren't sure if Bill Nay, who brought the diner there in 1945, is the gentleman pictured behind the counter. That photograph also shows a number of renovations to the diner. Notice the Campbell Soup cans on the shelf in the lower right corner.

About a week ago, flickr pro planetschwa uploaded two recent pictures of how the site looks after the diner was removed. We've included one in this post, and here's the other taken from a different angle.

Though the diner has had a number of owners and renovations over the years, it's thought to have been built by Jerry O'Mahony Dining Car Company in the 1920's. Dan's Diner may be similar to what the diner originally looked like. As we find more information about the diner and the progress of its restoration, we'll post it online.

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