The new Smyrna Diner restaurant is now open near the Route 1 interchange in southern Smyrna, and the old diner that once housed the eatery also has a new future ahead of it. Last week, the old diner was loaded onto trailers and removed from its longtime post at the intersection of Route 13 and Glenwood Avenue.

 


The new Smyrna Diner restaurant is now open near the Route 1 interchange in southern Smyrna, and the old diner that once housed the eatery also has a new future ahead of it.

Last week, the old diner was loaded onto trailers and removed from its longtime post at the intersection of Route 13 and Glenwood Avenue.

Steve Harwin of Cleveland, Ohio is planning to restore the 50-year-old diner, likely sometime in the spring, and sell it to a new owner.

“My theory is if we do our job, it should be good for another 50 years,” he said.

Through his business, Diversified Diners, Harwin buys authentic old diners, restores them and then sells them – mostly to people who want to reopen them as restaurants, but also to museums and collectors.

Harwin said the old Smyrna Diner is a late-model diner manufactured by Federo. The diner has some of the “space age” design features that were popular in the late ‘50s, he said.

“I know that there’s a lot of people in Smyrna who have fond memories of that diner,” he said.

Harwin said that some people might even want to visit the diner after it’s sold to a new owner somewhere else in the country.

Photos of the old Smyrna Diner will eventually be posted at www.oh-diners.com as the diner is restored, Harwin said.

He’s also looking for old photos of the diner to help with the restoration process. Diversified Diners can be reached via email at diversified@oh-diners.com.