HUNTINGDON – Jerry Grubb cares so deeply about the future of his former diner that he is offering to give away the ’50s-style restaurant for free.
Grubb only has one stipulation: The new owner must transport the landmark to a new location and reopen it for business.
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Grubb, the diner’s manager and cook for 52 years, decided it was time to hang up his spatula, but he didn’t have the heart to demolish the timepiece.
Instead, he dismantled it and paid a moving company to haul the silver 68-foot-long diner a mile up the road to the Huntingdon Motor Inn.
It now sits on two flat-bed trailers perched over Route 22, frozen in time and empty, except for the original retro light fixtures, booths and bar. A menu on the wall offers dinners for $1.15 and lobster tail for $2.50.
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Grubb, a Huntingdon resident, purchased the diner in 1964 from the Swingle Diner Co. in Middlesex, N.J. It was recently appraised for $100,000, but Grubb is willing to negotiate a lower price or donate it to the right person.
In an ideal world, someone with an appreciation for the diner would re-open it in Huntingdon Borough and bring back the days of the 15-cent pie slice, said Barb Blair, a long-time Grubb family employee.
”People came here from all over,” she said. ”Jerry’s mother would make the pies and people flocked here because they were that good.”
To contact Jerry Grubb, call the Huntingdon Motor Inn at 643-1133.
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