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Thursday, February 5, 2009

In the News - Emerald Diner

After operating for many years in Norwich, Connecticut, it closed in the 1980's and subsequently moved to a field. Perhaps it would have remained there and decayed if not for the efforts of J.P. Marsh in the early 1990's. He brought the 1939 O'Mahony built diner to Hubbard, Ohio in 1994. In April 2005, after a series of renovations, the Emerald Diner opened.

Fast forward to the end of 2008 where we found an advertisement listing the business for sale. Based upon the description, though inquiries made to the broker weren't returned, we knew this was the Emerald. Asking price was set at $90,000.

Today's Vindy.com reporter John W. Goodwin Jr. writes the diner's been given a new lease on life. Long-time employee Erika Saadeh now holds the keys to the diner.

We do take issue with Mr. Goodwin on a few points. His article makes such statements as, a "...shiny silver, old-fashioned railroad caboose..." and a "...1930s-era railroad caboose with the 1950s theme..." when referring to the "Monarch" style O'Mahony diner. Several pictures of the diner are available on flickr here. The exterior has been renovated over the years and with it's extensive use of stainless, it resembles diners of the 1940's/1950's. A good example of the O'Mahony "Monarch" style diner is one we stopped at along our Pennsylvania diner trip last month. flickr pro Agilitynut has two pictures of the diner we visited--the former Reading Diner. We know of two other "Monarchs," though they are in storage, awaiting restoration: Serro's and Barr's.

We wish Ms. Saadeh all the best in her venture.

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