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Monday, December 8, 2008

Post-Weekend Roundup

The Weekend Roundup feature draws from some of our postings during this past week. It's purpose is a quick summary and one area of the blog where we usually don't include map links or pictures. At times we may include other items here not making the blog that may be of interest to our readers. We'd like to hear your comments or suggestions.

In This Blog Entry. . .
L & S Diner Reopening

Pennsylvania's Getting a Diner

There were no news reports of any classic diners being demolished, constructed, installed, moved, or sold. Please let us know if we've missed something diner related happening this past week.

The following diners were added to the database:

Manheim Diner
Schuylkill Haven, PA

Paradise Restaurant
Schuylkill Haven, PA

L & S Diner Reopening

L & S Diner
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According to Heather Bowser's article dated December 3rd, 2008 in the Daily News-Record, the diner has a new owner. Linda Raines, a customer purchased the business. The diner was scheduled to open on December 4th and we haven't found any reports to the contrary. WHSV TV has a video report online.

Although the L & S in Harrisonburg, Virginia isn't a traditionally manufactured diner, we thought our readers in Virginia would be interested.

Pennsylvania's Getting a Diner

This article entitled, "'50s-Style Dining Car to Replace Razed Restaurant Near Haven" caught our eye on Thursday. We've included a quote from the article . . .
"There may be more after Frew and his crew haul and install an authentic 1950s-era stainless steel diner car from southwestern Ohio inside the Route 61 restaurant. Frew is leaving on Dec. 11 to pick up the diner car, which he said he heard about through word-of-mouth."

The article also mentions this the former Paradise Restaurant at the intersection of Routes 61 S. and 183 in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania. From a Google search we found reference to the restaurant having a fire the end of December 2000. In January 2007 Dave Frew purchased the property. Another Google search turned up a mention of him being president of Nostalgic Diner Group. Could this be the return of the Venus, a 1957 Fodero diner? We'll post more information as it becomes available.

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