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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Today in Diner History. . .

On this date in 2007 the Victory Diner was moved from 1781 Richmond Road to storage at the Parks Department in Midland Beach, Staten Island, NY. Prior to this move it had been there since 1964. Here's a picture of this 1940s Kullman Challenger model diner at its Richmond Road location. The Staten Island Advance posted a video of the diner moving.

The diner's appeared in Easy Money and The Education of Max Bickford.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MN - LANESBORO. Spud Boy Diner

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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.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

MA - North Falmouth. Tin Man Diner

We often get visitors to this site as the result of Google searches. It's good to see people are searching diners for sale. We recommend the buyadiner.com web site.

Another search term we often see is for the Tin Man Diner. In the past we've written a number of blog posts about the diner. We thought our readers would be interested in a Cape Cod Times article posted today. This particular article is about Susan Kettell Lind, daughter of Barbara Lind, the diner's operator. Please read the article and keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

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Tin Man Diner
70 County Rd.
North Falmouth, MA
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