Hometown Diner off to New Hampshire
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 5:30 AM
By Alex Woodring
OTTAWA - The short-lived Hometown Diner in Ottawa has been moved to New Hampshire. The restored 1950's diner opened in the fall of 2010 and closed summer 2012.
The diner, formerly located on the corner of 11th St. and Locust St in Ottawa, was transported to the small town of Rindge, N.H. The diner's 730- mile journey takes it to a college town that is comparable in size to Ottawa. The town is home to Franklin Pierce University, a small private non-profit university.The diner was purchased by Tim Halliday who has been searching for a vintage and authentic diner for his town.
Halliday purchased the diner from former owner and German native, Matt Kaplanow. Kaplanow purchased the restored Silk City Diner three years ago. The diner was originally built in 1949 and was located in Kentucky before being moved to Ottawa. Kaplanow had the diner restored in Cleveland by Steve Harwin, a professional diner-restorer.
The diner can seat up to 46 people and, when open, served a variety of standard diner food from an all-day breakfast menu to blue plate specials.
The move only includes the original diner which will retain its Hometown Diner name. Kaplanow's 1,500 square-foot addition will be torn down.
The diner will be transported to N.H. via truck where it will open once Halliday finishes his own addition. The addition is necessary to house a larger kitchen.
According to the Putnam County Commissioners, Kaplanow used the revenue of the sale to go towards his loan of $197,000. Commissioners said that more than half of the outstanding balance has been received.