Rindge looking forward to classic diner opening soon
The Hometown Diner, as it was named a few years ago when it was refurbished, was purchased by Rindge businessman Tim Halliday, who said he has been looking for the past two years for a diner for the corner lot he owns. It made the trek last week.
Halliday, who is occupied with running his Rindge business 202 Truck and Equipment, said he has no experience as a restaurateur, but plenty of experience as an owner of rental property. He is currently talking with a family that has a great deal of restaurant experience and is interested in leasing the restaurant.
Halliday is hoping the diner will open by September.
It will be just the kind of place a working guy, just as he is, can stop for a quick meal during the day, he said. And currently there are no restaurants in town that serve breakfast.
Rindge needs a diner, he said, and though he could have built one on his lot, he had his heart set on an original diner.
The Rindge diner was made in mass production in Paterson, N.J. The Paterson Vehicle Company's line of Silk City diners was considered the Chevrolet of diners, said Steve Harwin of Cleveland-based Diversified Diners.
"This guy had fled East Germany when he was a kid and ended up in Ottawa, because I guess there was a German community there, and he always wanted to run a diner," Harwin said.
Kaplanow tried to run the diner from his home in Germany, which didn't work out.
"It's an American concept that other cultures really love, the idea of diners, and they try to emulate it," Harwin said. "They say at most big downtown diners you sit at the stool and you get the judge, the lawyer and the criminal all sitting together."
"You could buy a diner on credit and, literally, for very little money you could set it up wherever and if you missed some payments they would send a truck and pick it up," Harwin said. On the flip side, if you were successful, you could find a better location and move the diner easily.
Residents are already excited about the diner, Halliday said.
"There's a lot of stir and interest and they can't wait for it to open because we don't really have any gathering place in Rindge where people can get together and spread gossip," said former selectman Jed Brummer. "I think it will be very successful. If they have decent food, it will be very busy and run out of space very quickly."