SCA Weekly News Review: August 1, 2021

Rosie's Diner and friend

SCA Weekly News Review: August 1, 2021

WooSox Foundation purchases and restores Sherwood Diner to serve as headquarters

Sherwood Diner, Worcester, MA

Image: Ana Bottary for Spectrum News 1

From spectrumnews1.com: WORCESTER, Mass. – Richard Gutman is a diner expert and has been involved in about 100 diner restoration projects over the years.

Gutman was called into action when the WooSox Foundation purchased the 1940s Sherwood Diner to restore it through a donation from the Fuller Foundation. He says diners are significant part of the city’s history.

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Ask Geoffrey: Cicero’s Klas Restaurant

Klass Restaurant, Cicero, IL

The coats of arms and flourishes like bells and statuettes on the façade of the Klas Restaurant make it feel like something you’d stumble upon in a little village in Eastern Europe. Courtesy of Chuckman’s Collection

From WTTW.com:The Old World meets the new at a legendary Cicero restaurant that’s long served as an anchor for Chicago’s expansive Czech community.

But now, its legacy is under threat.

Geoffrey Baer joins us with the story of the Klas Restaurant in this week’s Ask Geoffrey.

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As renovations continue, Lincoln Theater doors expected to reopen early next year

Lincoln Theater, Baton Rouse, LA

From WBRZ.com: BATON ROUGE – A padlock adorns the door to the historic Lincoln Theater, now-shuttered for nearly four decades. If all goes as planned, those involved with the building’s restoration say the lock could come off in early 2022.

“Now we’re ready to shift into high gear and get going,” Morgan Watson, the project engineer, said.

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And then there were 7: Upstate NY’s classic Mountain View diners

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From newyorkupstate.com: Although historians of such things concur that a New England manufacturer, the Worcester (MA) Lunch Car Co., created the diner concept in 1906, a later New Jersey company is credited with building the most iconic of these gleaming purveyors of comfort food.

In the mere 19 years of its existence, 1938 to 1957, the iconic Mountain View Diners Co. of Singac, NJ, turned out more than 400 diners under the motto “A Mountain View Diner will last a lifetime.” As it turns out, not many of them did, with only about 80 or so still in service nationwide.

Of those, seven of the remaining Mountain View creations are in use in Upstate New York, sprinkled around from Buffalo to Westchester County. 

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Historical marker unveiled for former Danville lodging house, library site for African Americans

Local officials and members of the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, a national African-American sorority, officially unveil a state historical highway marker for the Mary B. Yancey House and the site of the former Grasty Library at 320 Holbrook St. during a ceremony Friday morning. John Crane

From godanriver.com: A state historical highway marker was unveiled Friday for a house on Holbrook Street that once was a lodge listed in a guide for African American travelers during segregation.

The marker also commemorates a neighboring site that once had the Grasty Branch, of the Danville Public Library system. The branch served African American patrons during Jim Crow.

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West Michigan’s famous Rosie’s Diner is ready for its next life

Rosie's Diner and friend

Rodney Coleman-Robinson, Detroit Free Press

From the Detroit Free Press: ROCKFORD — Just off 14 Mile Road stand three diner cars — abandoned, at first glance, with rusted metal, faded signs and boarded-up windows. Out-of-towners driving by might think nothing of it. But right in the center, still standing tall, is Rosie’s Diner.

Rosie’s, first established in the 1940s in Little Ferry, New Jersey, used to be called the Silver Dollar Diner. Bounty paper towel filmed commercials in it in the 1970s starring a waitress named Rosie, hence the change in name.

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