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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MN - LANESBORO. Spud Boy Diner

Spud Boy
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Over the years how many have started a project only to wonder what they got themselves into. Diners were manufactured a certain way, so taking one apart and putting it back together sounds simple enough. Though it isn't until the first nail is pulled, a porcelain enamel steel panel is removed, the Formica ceiling panels are taken down, or a structural item is inspected, that unexpected challenges may arise.

Very few people have hands-on experience performing multiple diner restorations. Steve Harwin is well known in the diner restoration industry. He's taken on diners that some wouldn't touch and brought them back to life. On his oh-diners.com website there are examples of diners he's worked on. Gordon Tindall is another person on this list.

In case you haven't followed Gordon's work, take a look at the Youtube videos Joseph Dupont posted, chronicling the restoration of the Spud Boy Diner. In late 2008 the diner moved from Towanda, Pennsylvania to Lanesboro, Minnesota. The finishing touches are being performed and it is expected to open this summer.

The Post-Bulletin posted an article today about Gordon, his wife Val and the Spud Boy Diner. Seeing the diner as it progressed through the restoration is a testament to the hard work and determination of Gordon and Val. We commend their efforts and look forward to visiting the diner.

We'll write more here as information about the diner becomes available.


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