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Diner Saved From Demolition

By: Lindsay Liepman
By: Lindsay Liepman

Only about 2,500 stainless steel diners left from the 1940's and 50's.

There are many replicas but the true relics are often demolished.

But one local man made it his mission to save a diner from destruction and ship it half way across the country to our own backyard.

If these walls could talk, oh what a story they'd tell, of a simpler time, when 25 cent sodas, juke boxes and the blue plate special were the facets of American life.

"Sometimes I wish we were back in those simple times. But that's the premise, bring a hunk of history, back to life," says Eric Shulte.

Shulte saved this 1940's diner from demolition.

It is one of only thousands still intact today.

Finding it was easy; Shulte bought it on EBAY for $5,000 after hearing about it from a group of collectors.

But moving the 60 year old diner from Stillwater, New York to Wellborn, Texas was not.

"The first big thing was getting it on the property. 80 ft of truck and diner; we had to get police men to cordon off the highway and squeeze it in with a shoe horn through our fence. And get the truck back out again. That was the biggest hurdle," says Shulte.

Shulte's work isn't quite over.

He plans to put the luster back into the steel diner that even its original patrons would remember.

"The idea is to get it restored and operational again," says Shulte.

When finished the diner will be the newest addition to the blast from the past Shulte has already created.

The Dessert Depot has been open since March equipped with the juke box from Sbisa Dining hall and an old fashioned creamery.

And next door is the Baggage Emporium, where old treasures are sold.

But a place where folks can have a good burger and fries was the missing piece.

For more information about the diner you can visit their Web site at www.hullaballos.net


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