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Monday, March 2, 2009

In the News - Valley Diner

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During the Connecticut leg of a 2007 diner road trip we stopped at many Swingle Diner Company built diners. For this comparison, we'll mention the Bridgeport Flyer in Milford, CT, Penny's III in East Norwalk, CT, and the Valley Diner in Derby, CT. All three had environmental exteriors including large stones and terracotta tile awning / roof lines. The Valley also included hints of wood and brick. Pictured at right is how the Valley looked like in November 2007.

You can see some of the work being done in two lane blacktop's flickr photo October 2008. The exterior siding above and below the windows had been removed. Notice the right side of the new and larger vestibule taking shape. The forms for the new concrete steps were in place.

In today's Connecticut Post, Tony Spinelli gives us an update on the progress of DeRaffele's renovations. According to the article, they expect things will be completed by next month. The article also includes a series of photographs. You've seen our picture and compared it to two lane blacktop's. Take a look at the fourth picture in Mr. Spinelli's article. While a dramatic change, it draws elements from its prior environmental roots. It's also a departure from the chrome, neon, and tile exteriors DeRaffele used in diners like the Athenian III in Milford, and the Blue Colony Diner Restaurant in Newtown, CT.

We'll post more information about the diner and its renovation as it becomes available.

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Valley Diner Restaurant
636 New Haven Ave.
Derby, CT
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